Element of surprise helps babies learn, study says

April 2, 2015 6:00 PM

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Element of surprise helps babies learn, study says

Infants are born with core knowledge of the fundamental aspects of the world, and learn best when their expectations are defied, new study from Johns Hopkins University found.

For the first time, researchers demonstrated that babies use the innate knowledge they are born with to learn new things. When a situation is surprising, such as an object not behaving the way an infant expects it to, the infant focuses more on that object, and ultimately learns more about it than f...

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