Babies are just adorable - if you're not taking care of them. However it appears babies are just as selective as us. And infants like their own company.
It appears babies are just as prone and sensitive to language as us. While we all think the adorable cutesy will just lock eyes with us or stare (or cry), there's more than meets... the crib.
Research is suggesting that babies are selective - and discriminating
- regarding their favorites. It appears cats aren't the only ones with humans. Infants as young as months can distinguish between other infants and, well, the "googoos."
A lot of us thought prejudice comes along with age. However, a study in PNAS
said babies have this remarkable
ability to distinguish the "in" and "out" groups.
This is sounding a lot like Mean Girls
but it seems this is true. Maybe we should call it Mean Babies
, too, and we should definitely pitch this.
The research states that babies like other infants who "speak their native language."
They only pay attention to those "speaking" the same language as them. Meaning they ignore our language on purpose, because they don't like them.
However, when babies make this decision, the center of the brain associated with learning shines. Babies learn from judging.
And yes, babies have "us" groups, too. However, they do this not to exclude other people, but to sort what they learn as they grow.
This inference was gathered from 45 babies with English-speaking families. Babies were found to be more responsive to an instructional video in English than in Spanish.
This means babies are actively learning
the language they are constantly being exposed to.
Additionally, this means babies are already primed to learn while they are young. This is a startling discovery about the cutesy-little babies.
And you better get that bottle, or you're "out" of their team.
Source: Los Angeles Times