One–year–olds ordinarily prefer the taste of sweet food to that of salty food. Yet if one feeds a one–year–old salty ...

Andrew on November 5 at 05:52PM

Why A?

The conclusion here is that your children can change their taste preferences if fed a new type of flavor for a year. I negated A and said "so what? If they do naturally prefer salty foods, they can be taught to enjoy sweet foods by feeding them sweets." Also, the word "ordinarily" in the stimulus accounts for the possibility some one year-olds prefer a salty flavor.

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Andrew on November 5 at 05:57PM

Btw, in the actual module, A is about children naturally preferring sweet to salty. If you click "view question" in the message board, A and E are switched.

Emil on November 6 at 06:33PM

That's a weird glitch, and I'll notify the devs.

I think you're right that if we negate A, we get that 2 year olds naturally prefer salty food. If this is true, there is a big problem. The author is saying that we can change a kids preference by feeding them a certain kind of food for a year. However if that preference would have naturally changed without feeding the kid salty food, then the experiment did not actually have any impact. So, the author has to believe that kids don't naturally change their preference between 1 and 2. Note that A is speaking generally, it's not saying that all kids, but that most.

Andrew on November 7 at 02:51AM

Ah yes. I read "one-year olds" in the answer choice instead of "two-year olds." Thank you Emil.