Researchers find element of surprise helps babies learn
Infants have innate knowledge about the world, and when their expectations are defied, they learn best, researchers found. Cognitive psychologists have demonstrated for the first time that babies learn new things by leveraging the core information with which they are born. When something surprises a baby, like an object not behaving the way she expects it to, she not only focuses on that object but ultimately learns more about it than from a similar yet predictable object.
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