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Feed Science Daily: Toddlers Are Capable Of Introspection (

Preschoolers are aware of their own thought processes, psychologists demonstrate. They taught 3- and 4-year-olds to communicate their awareness of their thought processes using pictures rather than words. Scientists have previously demonstrated that dolphins, monkeys and even rats can engage in some form of "metacognition," or an awareness of their own thought processes. But developmental psychologists had previously assumed that human children did not develop this capability before about age 5.

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