Exploring tool innovation: a comparison of Western and Bushman children.

@article{Nielsen2014ExploringTI,
  title={Exploring tool innovation: a comparison of Western and Bushman children.},
  author={Mark Nielsen and Keyan G. Tomaselli and Ilana Mushin and Andrew Whiten},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={126},
  pages={
          384-94
        }
}
A capacity for constructing new tools, or using old tools in new ways, to solve novel problems is a core feature of what it means to be human. Yet current evidence suggests that young children are surprisingly poor at innovating tools. However, all studies of tool innovation to date have been conducted with children from comparatively privileged Western backgrounds. This raises questions as to whether or not previously documented tool innovation failure is culturally and economically specific… CONTINUE READING

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