Inside The Minds of Babies

Inside The Minds of Babies

It's virtually impossible to know what's going on inside baby brains. What exactly do newborns see? Why are they crying, or laughing, or smiling? Does all that baby babbling actually mean anything? Take vision, for example. It's theorized that babies see upside-down for their first few days. Adult eyes perceive the world as upside-down, too. But then we send those images to our brains, which flip them right-side up. Babies, however, need to train their brains to automatically flip the images they receive. So for those first few days, it's believed that the babies live in an "upside-down" world. What other crazy stuff is going in those teeny tiny noggins?

The Amazing Brains of Babies

Babies are born with the abilities to count and quickly learn new languages.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Babies can't concentrate on a few things to focus on, but rather take it all in at once. (0:32)

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    Neural connections in adult have been pruned away over time. (1:01)

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    Babies are born with the ability to count and quickly acquire new languages. (2:21)

Babies Are Smarter Than You Think

Researchers found that infants can grasp social situations and handle logical reasoning.

Is Baby Talk For Real?

Babbling toddlers are actually communicating with each other (even if you don't understand them).

Cry Babies: The Reasons Behind The Tears

By analyzing baby expressions, some scientists think they can tell why infants are wailing.

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from Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks

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