“Early social experience in particular has profound consequences for the developing nervous system.” Richard J. Davidson, Lab for Affective Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Everyone would agree: social awareness is crucial to sound development. Importantly, it begins to arise in infancy, as we learn to attune ourselves to where others are looking.
There’s social heredity, the “epigenome”, those special proteins surrounding the DNA, embed information controlling genes like an off and on switch.
A dynamic system of unconscious, primed, and conscious inclinations collectively influences behavior—it is our job to make the most adaptive choices with the information we have.
A baby is the perfect dance partner to raise mutual consciousness. They begin life hyper-aware, hungry for learning, and often seem ecstatic or in rapture.