When and How Do Babies Become Helpful?
Studies have shown that just seeing an image of a baby excites areas in the brain responsible for speech, movement, empathy, and reward. We adults are hardwired, whether you’re a man or a woman, to come to the aid of a baby. But what about baby, when do they start becoming helpful?
Fascinating research at McMasters University found that 14 month old babies, when danced in sync to music, were far more likely to help their partner afterwards.
Since I’ve been absent with the blog of late, here are some science findings from the last 6 months, in tweet format with links to the story, video, or research paper.
Why do babies move about so much while they are developing in the womb? An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Trinity College Dublin found the answer.
Based on what a baby understands is a person’s goal and belief, they predict action from the information they understand will influence that person’s behavior.
Sensory strategies or perceptual styles aid in our understanding of the neural mechanisms of self-consciousness. So as we dance, and as our baby moves about along with us, a self-identification unfolds because of visual gravitational and vestibular signals. Read more