Another Illogical Theory Bites the Dust:
Infants Prefer Toys Typed to Their Sex
Another illogical theory just bit the dust.
A City University of London study has found that infants as young as nine months prefer to play with toys matching their own sex.
The study showed that boys who are 9 to 17-months-old, 18 to 23 months and 24 to 32 months favored playing with cars, balls and blue teddy bears, while girls of the same ages preferred playing with dolls, cooking pots and pink teddy bears.
Thus, the politically correct, illogical theory that boys and girls play with different toys because of social pressure now seems highly doubtful.
“Our results show there are significant sex differences across all three age groups,” said co-author Dr. Brenda Todd, senior lecturer in psychology at City University of London.
“We found that, in general, boys played with male-typed toys more than female-typed toys, and girls played with female-typed toys more than male-typed toys,” she added. “The ball was a favorite choice for the youngest boys, and the youngest girls favored the cooking pot.
“Biological differences give boys an aptitude for mental rotation and more interest and ability in spatial processing, while girls are more interested in looking at faces and better at fine motor skills and manipulating objects.”
In other words, boys and girls are born that way!
The experiments occurred in a familiar nursery setting with no parents. The study was published in the journal of “Infant and Child Development.”
– Sources: Neuroscience News, 07/21/16, City University of London study, “Preferences for ‘Gender-Typed’ Toys in Boys and Girls Aged 9 to 32 Months” by Brenda K. Todd, John A. Barry and Sara A. O. Thommessen, “Infant and Child Development” Journal, 05/24/16.