Babies do not seem like they have a lot going on, besides what every adult wishes they could do all day, eat and sleep. Each year has its unique part in development, but this first year after a baby is born is one of the most important, if not the most. This is the transition from developing without contact to the world, to now being exposed to it. There are many changes the baby needs to go through in order to adapt to this new world. The immune system is starting to learn how to fight off germs, and the baby is also learning how to move and become more coordinated. The nervous system is responsible for all of these changes is the.
Babies’ love of baby talk is universal, Stanford-led study finds
Babies love baby talk, all the world over | Stanford News
University of Washington researchers argue that greater study of infant persistence can shed light on the factors that instill this trait, and the outcomes that may emerge from it later in life. Gauging persistence in infants may be a first step, University of Washington researchers say. Further study of why infants persist, and to what end, may shed new light on how they learn and what the future yields. Lucca and psychology professor Jessica Sommerville wrote an article, published Aug. Studying persistence can inform what we know about how infants make decisions and identify what they care about, as well as how behavior early in life affects academic performance, job status and even relationship success, the authors write. Sommerville and Lucca argue that the more scientists examine infant behavior such as persistence, the more can be learned about the factors that lead to persistence in infancy and early childhood, the range of outcomes that persistence predicts, and the parenting or educational interventions that can be designed to promote persistence from an early age. Sommerville studies cognition in infants and young children, with a focus on social and moral development.
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Adults often make snap judgments about babies. First impressions lead us to assign them personalities, such as fearful, active or easy to please, and with good reason. Fifty years of evidence shows that babies begin life with traits that set the stage for how they interact with the world—and how the world reacts to them. That might be one reason why siblings can have such wildly different takes on their own families.
Stanford psychologist Michael Frank and collaborators conducted the largest ever experimental study of baby talk and found that infants respond better to baby talk versus normal adult chatter. Babies love baby talk all over the world, says Michael Frank , the Stanford psychologist behind the largest study to date looking at how infants from across the world respond to the different ways adults speak. The study , published March 16 in the journal Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science , tested 2, babies from 16 countries on their preference for baby talk, the sing-songy, high-pitched way that adults often naturally talk to small children. While it was known from previous research that babies prefer baby talk over adult speech, Frank wanted to know whether this finding would vary across cultures and continents.