The fascination for masculine toys in boys comes only later in life, and most boys prefer to play with dolls in their early life, a new study has found.
The study found that boys aged up to five months were more attracted towards dolls than toy cars and mechanical objects, which suggests that kids are not born with gendered preferences, and develop them as they mature, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Paola Escudero, of the University of Western Sydney, conducted the research in collaboration with the University of California, and used eye-tracking tech on kids aged 3 and half months to five months to find their preferred object or toy.
Pics of two different objects were displayed on a screen, and the length of time and frequency of the kid's gaze was measured to ascertain a preference.
She said that the preferences they see [at five months] have nothing to do with biology, adding that social pressures, parents, other people guide kids to like things specific to their sex.
The study has been published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.