BRAIN-IMAGING STUDY ADDS NEW EVIDENCE THAT INFANTS TRACK OTHER PEOPLE’S BELIEFS

A brain-imaging study offers new support for the idea that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs. When 7-month-old infants in the study viewed videos of an actor who saw—or failed to see—an object being moved to a new location, activity in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs changed […]

BABIES CAN TELL HOW BADLY YOU WANT SOMETHING: PART ONE

According to a new study from MIT and Harvard University, babies as young as 10 months can assess how much someone values a particular goal by observing how hard they are willing to work to achieve it. This ability requires integrating information about both the costs of obtaining a goal and the benefit gained by […]

BABIES RETAIN THEIR EARLY EXPOSURE TO FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Babies may be more language-savvy than scientists thought: A study of people who were adopted as babies suggests that infants younger than 6 months may grasp crucial abstract information about their native tongue. They seem to store this information for years even if they don’t hear their native language in the interim. In the study, […]

DISLIKE FOR UNFAMILIAR GROUPS OF PEOPLE IS LEARNED

A new study suggests that although we are inherently drawn to familiar groups of people, having dislike for unfamiliar groups appears to be a learned behavior. “Persistent discrimination and conflict across cultures has led psychologists to question whether we are naturally inclined to like people who are similar to ourselves and to dislike those who […]

DAD’S INVOLVEMENT WITH BABY EARLY ON IS ASSOCIATED WITH A BOOST IN MENTAL DEVELOPMENT

Fathers who interact more with their children in their first few months of life can have a positive impact on their baby’s cognitive development. In a study, published in the Infant Mental Health Journal, researchers from Imperial College London, King’s College London and Oxford University looked at how fathers interacted with their babies at three […]

EARLY STIMULATION CAN BOOST BABIES’ BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Many new parents think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn’t be challenged to do things that they’re not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any helpful nudges, and they shouldn’t support their weight before they can stand or walk on their […]

Moms’ Language Affects How Infants Cry

An interesting study finds that babies’ crying has melodic patterns that are influenced by their mother’s language. During the last quarter of pregnancy, the babies get ample opportunity to become acquainted with their “mother language.”  Kathleen Wermke, professor at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, says, “Building blocks for the development of the future language […]

Baby Talk Words with Repeated Sounds Help Infants Learn Language

A study suggests that babies find it easier to learn words with repetitive syllables rather than mixed sounds. Assessments of language learning in 18-month-olds suggest that children are better at grasping the names of objects with repeated syllables, over words with non-identical syllables. Researchers say the study may help explain why some words or phrases, […]

Bilingual Households Shape Brain Development in Babies

Many brain studies show that bilingual adults have more activity in areas associated with executive function, a set of mental abilities that includes problem-solving, shifting attention and other desirable cognitive traits. Now new findings reveal that this bilingualism-related difference in brain activity is evident as early as 11 months of age, just as babies are […]

Study Indicates Cell-Phone Distracted Parenting Can Have Longterm Consequences

There are few things that require more hands-on attention than a young child, and there’s little that’s more distracting than the constant bleeping of our phones. When these two things compete for our attention, the results can be sobering. In a new animal-based study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, scientists show that distracted parental […]