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Telegraph: Psychologists recommend smiling to get children to eat their greens

June 14, 2012

The Telegraph carries an article that reports if you want to encourage a child to do something that they haven’t learnt to enjoy yet, the best way to do it is to show them that you enjoy it:

They have found that children are more likely to try foods they do not normally like if they see adults smiling while they eat them.

Children as young as five were more willing to taste vegetables they previously rejected if they saw an adult obviously enjoying them.

The findings, published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, suggest that youngsters’ immature brains are susceptible to the emotions of others.

Simply seeing enjoyment on the face of an adult might trigger the same feelings in a part of their brains called the prefrontal cortex.


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