The Tiniest Scientists: What do Infants Know and How Do They Learn About the World?
- Infants, Cognitive development, Core knowledge, Developmental psychology
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Infants are one of the richest sources of information about the origin of human thinking and learning. Although gathering behavioral and neuroimaging data from infants is incredibly insightful and valuable, infants are a challenging group to study. Unlike adults, they cannot verbally communicate with researchers, make explicit responses, or control their bodies. Given these limitations, developmental scientists have employed smart study paradigms and research technologies to better understand the developmental trajectories of cognition and social understanding in infancy. This review paper provides an overview of the study methods, including looking time measurements and modern neuroimaging techniques and discusses what these approaches taught us about the core knowledge that allows infants to better learn and interact with the world.
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