What motivates preschool children to prepare

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In everyday life, adults think about the future an average of 59 times a day. This helps them to cope with future challenges. What about children?

Adults are particularly good at preparing for the future when they imagine what they will feel. Researchers at Ruhr University Bochum have investigated whether this is also the case with pre-school children. In a study with 90 children aged five, they showed that children only prepare for a game when they imagine how bad losing will feel. The researchers conducted the study as part of the philosophical-psychological research training group "Situated Cognition", which is funded by the German Research Foundation. They described the results in the journal "Emotion" from March 28, 2024. ...

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