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Do Children Understand Irony? New Study Reveals They Do

Science & Tech  (tags: Children, Irony, Psychology, parenting, communication, family )

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New research findings from the Université de Montréal reveals that children as young as four are able to understand and use irony. This study, published recently in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, may impact the way parents communicate ..

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gail dair (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 11:24 pm
Thanks Anna

Lika P (130)
Friday September 17, 2010, 1:03 am
Kids are most likely smarter than given credit for.

Michael Masley (4)
Friday September 17, 2010, 3:02 am
noted and I think they understand

Mari ' (1356)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:04 am

They see more than adults in many areas. Cherish The children....

Agnes O (2)
Friday September 17, 2010, 8:04 am
Why wouldn't children understand irony? except us autistics, of course...

Glenda J (158)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:59 am
Children even ourselves when we were in the womb understood the sounds and vibrations of our carrier

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 12:35 pm
Interesting. I'm not even sure I understand irony.

. (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 12:54 pm
Wow, I'm glad they've just now figured this out. Kind of makes adults look stupid.

janet f (29)
Friday September 17, 2010, 2:49 pm
My favorite form of communication is sarcasm. Am I to believe that this is due to my upbringing? If so, thanks mom and dad.

Wendye Kolles (58)
Friday September 17, 2010, 4:52 pm
Noted. My step-grandaughter understood irony at about age 21/2 / 3. I may be a little biased but she's VERY smart. Thanks for the article.

Donna B (39)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:25 pm
I majored in Psychology so I appreciate the link to the journal article. I think children understand far more than adults give them credit for.

Ariel P (48)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:56 pm
The article states fathers preferred sarcasm. Guilty as charged! My daughter got ironic comment at a very young age, of course she listened to me constantly saying something sarcastic or ironic. And there is irony in children shows, like Spongebob Squarepants.

Sunday September 19, 2010, 4:18 am
This made me laugh a bit, because I would have thought that it wouldn't have taken a science degree to have worked this out! I have spent most of my life spending time with little kids and have had children of my own and am now a grandmother and I find that some children understand irony BEFORE the age of four! Actually, my little granddaughter was born into our family who sport a very British type of humour and so I suppose she has been surrounded by irony from birth, but it was not imagination to think that she understood and used irony at about the age of three. It probably depends on their environment, I mean, some adults I know have not nearly as much proficiency in the art of irony as some of the four year olds I have known!

jane richmond (10)
Monday September 27, 2010, 11:07 pm
love this
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