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Helpless Babies, Smart Parents & The Marshmallow Test

We humans are pretty smart. We’re top of the food-chain, wield the immense power of the atom, w...

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14.19 13 Jul 2019


Helpless Babies, Smart Parents & The Marshmallow Test



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14.19 13 Jul 2019


We humans are pretty smart.

We’re top of the food-chain, wield the immense power of the atom, we explore the outer reaches of space and time and every day unravel more and more of the inner-workings of the world around us.

Yeah, we’re pretty impressive.

So how come our babies aren’t.

How can a species so highly developed and intelligent give birth to infants so completely dependant on their caregivers? So utterly helpless?

Dr Celeste Kidd is Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator from the Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley


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