A three-year-old’s universe is one of wonderment, excitement and one new discovery after another. As they learn about the world around them, though, a preschooler may appear unable to form rational thoughts. After all, they are seemingly still at a very early stage in understanding how the world works.
However, a 2010 paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science challenged this viewpoint. Yes, in contrast, it stated that even the youngest of children are very much in tune with the emotions and beliefs of those around them. And perhaps even more surprisingly, the paper also revealed that children could point out when someone was acting abnormally.