What’s New: New research shows that kids are more likely to choose living animals when they were asked to choose between a real creature and a toy.
Important Detail: Researchers from the Rutgers University and the University of Virginia carried out 3 different experiments in which kids were given choice between animals and attractive toys.
The study showed that the kids spent more time with animals than with the toys. They also noted that the animals generated more interest and curiosity in kids than the toys did. This led researchers to think that animals help kids learn.
According to Vanessa LoBue from Rutgers University, kids find animals so attractive that it indicates that possession of an animal as a pet may be beneficial in their lives.
Conclusion: The study build ups the thought that animals could be a good source of learning in kids.