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  • Study: Learning categorical information gives children a feeling of déjà vu

    Doctoral student Shelbie Sutherland and psychology professor Andrei Cimpian found that young children learn broad facts about the world so readily that they don’t remember learning the information and have the illusion that they already knew it.

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  • Editor's note: To reach Andrei Cimpian, email

    The paper, “Children Show Heightened Knew-It-All-Along Errors When Learning New Facts About Kinds: Evidence for the Power of Kind Representations in Children’s Thinking,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.