CHILDREN ENCOURAGED TO BE BATMAN
What did they do?
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania had a group of children, aged between four and six, pretend to be Batman. They then assigned them a repetitive task and told them it was important. They encouraged the children to concentrate on the task but allowed them to take a break to play with an iPad whenever they wanted.
What did they find?
When pretending to be Batman, more than 30 per cent of the four-year-olds and more than 50 per cent of the six-year-olds spent significantly more time on the task. It’s unclear whether this effect was due to the fun aspect associated with pretending to be Batman or the children identifying certain traits, such as concentration and perseverance, with being a superhero.
Why did they do that?
With more research, the team hopes to determine whether it is possible to use roleplay scenarios to teach young children valuable life skills such as perseverance.