The Washington Post:
When an infant sees an object behave in a surprising way, she does everything she can to learn more about its mysteries, and the initial surprise ends up helping her learn. A new study suggests that a baby can identify an unusual object as being more worthwhile than a typical one, and she can run simple “experiments” on it to help her understand it. So your baby is basically a tiny scientific genius, which is worth remembering the next time she coats the walls in spaghetti. She’s probably just doing science, dad.
According to her research, it may be that surprise acts as a learning aid, spurring a baby to test the unusual properties they’ve just seen in an object.
When Stahl and her co-author Lisa Feigenson, a professor of psychology and brain science at Hopkins, showed 11-month-old babies these “surprising” events, they seemed primed to learn more about the objects involved.
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