What exactly do babies remember at 6 months or younger?
By ParentInProgress on December 22, 2011
Curious what babies under 6 months remember?
A research team thinks they know the answer: babies remember that things exist, but not necessarily what those things are.
The study, which was published in "Psychological Science," had researchers showing 6-month-olds a triangle then hiding it behind a screen. Then the babies watched as a disk was placed behind a second screen.
When babies expecting the triangle were instead shown the disc, they seemed to hardly notice a difference. But when babies expecting the triangle were shown there was nothing behind the screen, they seemed surprised and gazed longer at the empty space.
As the Rutgers researcher put it, "They retained an inkling of the object."
Here's the study:
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