The Six Brick Challenge: Cognition is Hard, Embodied Cognition is Harder

Karen Adolph & Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
A computer can calculate over 900 million ways to interlock six Lego bricks, but robots still struggle to put bricks together. Developmental researchers view children’s construction play with interlocking bricks as a window into cognitive processes, but the perceptual-motor requirements of interlocking remain unknown. We presented 12- to 60-month-old children and adults (N = 112) with a child-friendly version of the “six-brick challenge” to examine how real-time behaviors reveal development. Participants were encouraged to show...
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