By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is a very interesting report in the journal Science that tells us quite a bit about advanced thinking in toddlers.

Here is what happened:

Researchers showed 16-month-old toddlers a green toy that seemed to play music when a button was pressed. After the first part of the study, some of the toddlers were then given the green toy while others were given a yellow one, identical to the green except for the color. But this time around neither toy played music. It is what happened next that’s interesting.

Those who were given the green toy were more likely to hand it to their parent, implying that they thought their own actions were the problem. On the other hand, those given the yellow toy were more likely to reach for a nearby red version, implying that they thought the problem was with the yellow toy.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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