Health Day News reports on a new neuroscience project from Brigham Young University demonstrating the emotional wisdoms of infants. They’ve shown that babies, like Dr. Dolittle, know the language of dogs:
The researchers believe that they can glean whether a baby is making a connection between two things by monitoring how long they look at a picture. In this case, 6-month-old babies were more likely to look longer at the picture of a canine expression that matched the bark.
Only about 15 percent of the babies spent more time looking at the wrong dog picture or looked equally at both, Flom said.
Still, it’s “remarkable” that babies that aren’t exposed to dogs can figure out how to link their barks to their faces, Flom said. That means they can connect audio and visual cues, he said.