Baby Geniuses: How Surprises Help Infants Learn

The Atlantic

April 2, 2015


When babies encounter a new object, their method of making its acquaintance tends to involve banging it against the nearest hard surface or shoving as much of it in their mouths as possible. While this is slightly less adorable when the object in question is, say, a brand-new iPhone, adults can take solace in the fact that it might mean the kid is learning something new. According to a study published Thursday in Science, babies learn by being surprised by the objects around them.
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