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Researchers found that babies' attention spans are susceptible to the "Goldilock effect."
That means that they'll pay attention only to things that aren't incomprehensible but aren't boring.
They need to be challenged, but not overwhelmed.
A study had 72 seven and eight-month-olds sit on their parents' laps and watch videos. The babies' eye movements were tracked as they watched the videos. The parents were blindfolded and wore headphones so they couldn't give the children subconscious cues.
In the video, objects appeared behind or in boxes. When the videos became boring, the exact same thing happened to all of them — the babies looked away!
Then, when the videos got too complex, like when there was no discernible pattern or action for them to anticipate, they looked away again.
The research has shown that babies need some surprise to pay attention.
So babies are just like normal people! No one likes boring stuff or overly complex thing either!
We're just like babies! Though they're still cuter.
[Image via Mavrix Online.]
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