Human Storybook Characters vs Animal Ones

by Terra Marquette – Children Studies go here.

Kids learn social skills from human characters more than they do from animal characters. Researchers from The University of Toronto concluded that ” Children learn social skills best when storybook characters are humans rather than the cute, furry ones seen in so many children’s books and other media.

“Many people believe children find stories with human-like animals captivating and relatable, but what we’re finding is that this is not the case,” says lead researcher Dr. Patricia Ganea, an associate professor of early cognitive development, in a university release.

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