Saturday, August 20, 2005

It's All About Reading - Reading Your Baby's Mind That Is

When I started blogging I wanted to have two blogs: one about writing and one that is more personal and that would be about anything I feel like. The more personal one I was going to share with another person so that the strain of maintaining two blogs wouldn't be that hard. Alas, the other person was a no show and my more "personal" blog never really shaped itself into anything and with time I posted there less and less.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, because a few days ago someone sent me this wonderful article and I was about to post about it in my other blog only I didn't feel like it. So how about I post it here and see how it goes? Maybe you wouldn't mind so much if I occasionally talk about other things. Usually those other things tend to be in the realm of science.

So to all the parents out there, future parents or anybody who is interested, this Newsweek article is amazing:
Reading Your Baby's Mind
New research on infants finally begins to answer the question: what's going on in there?


It was a notion that held for nearly a century: infants were simple-minded creatures who merely mimicked those around them and grasped only the most basic emotions—happy, sad, angry. Science is now giving us a much different picture of what goes on inside their hearts and heads. Long before they form their first words or attempt the feat of sitting up, they are already mastering complex emotions—jealousy, empathy, frustration—that were once thought to be learned much later in toddlerhood.

They are also far more sophisticated intellectually than we once believed. Babies as young as 4 months have advanced powers of deduction and an ability to decipher intricate patterns. They have a strikingly nuanced visual palette, which enables them to notice small differences, especially in faces, that adults and older children lose the ability to see.


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Patry Francis said...

I think the best blogs mix the personal and the topical. As long as it's interesting (which your posts always are) I'll be reading!

Melly said...

Thank you all.

Patry, it means a lot coming from you. Thanks :)

Pat Kirby said...

Newsweek just ran an article on much the same thing, how babies' congnitive processes were much more complicated than originally thought.

Melly said...

Are we talking about the same article? Because that was a Newsweek article I was referring to. If not, do you mind sending me the link?