What books do kids like best?

Duh… Ones that tell them things they need to know about the world. As opposed to adults who already know too much and would like to forget it. Shows how the survival instinct wanes, I suppose.

The study suggests that children may lean toward causal discovery in books because of its intrinsic rewards.

Figuring out an explanation for how something works might lead to dopamine release, which is the brain’s response to pleasure, Shavlik said.

“There’s sort of a connection that when children are seeking explanations and when they finally understand the explanation, they feel there’s a chain between some mastery over some part of the world,” said Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin.

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