They’re chubby and cute, and undeniably drooly, but babies are much more than just lovable lumps. Babies are geniuses, and here’s why:
Reasons why babies are geniuses
They know when a new language is being spoken
Infant brains are uniquely suited to learning more than just one language. That’s something most of us know by now. But babies are geniuses because, from the age of four months, they can discern from visual cues when different languages are being spoken. They determine this based on the shape and rhythm of the speaker’s mouth and facial movements!
Babies understand the emotions of others
According to a study published in Developmental Psychology, babies can match body language to audio cues even if they’ve never done it before. Infants are also able to pick up on mood swings in things like Beethoven’s music.
Some of them understand what certain words mean
According to a University of Pennsylvania study, babies as young as six months old boast the ability to grasp the meaning of words, long before they can speak the words themselves. The study also suggests that the more you talk to your baby, the better they develop this sense. Babies are geniuses, and this is just part of the proof thereof!
They do appreciate proper punishment
You might not have known this, but babies dig it when bad things happen to bad people. The University of British Columbia released research data in 2018 that presented different scenarios of puppets acting negatively or positively toward other characters. Babies were then shown puppets either giving or taking toys from the “good” or “bad” puppets. It turned out that the babies preferred when puppets mistreated the bad puppets from the first situation compare to those who treated the bad puppets nicely.
Baby brains thrive on music
You might have heard that there’s a link between music and IQ before. In fact, recent research also found that there’s a link between playing instruments in childhood and a reduced risk of dementia later on in life. But now, the scientists of the world are discovering that even young babies benefit from exposure to music in the making. Babies, aged one and older, who participated in interactive music classes, were found to have better communication skills than babies who took less interactive classes. They say it makes sense to play music to your baby in the womb, but babies are geniuses, and geniuses love music!