TRUE OR FALSE?
- The human brain continues to grow for a year after birth. If our bodies grew proportionately during that period, we would be 10 feet tall and weigh half a ton.
- 3 month-old-babies know that objects move in continuous lines – they know they cannot disappear from one place and materialize in another (like in Star Trek).
- 3-month-old babies know that an object cannot pass through another object like a ghost.
- 3-month-old babies know that objects only move each other if there is contact (like snooker/billiard balls – when one bumps into the other, the other moves.) They do not expect the second ball to move if the first does not touch it.
- A newborn baby knows what a tongue looks like – if you stick out your tongue, it will stick its one out in reply. It could only stick its tongue out if it knew that what it was seeing was a tongue.
- It is estimated that the brain has 100 billion nerve cells and more connections in it than there are stars in the universe.
- Babies think, observe and reason. They consider evidence, draw conclusions, do experiments, solve problems and search for the truth. Even the youngest babies know a great deal about the world and actively work to find out more.
- A newborn baby can distinguish between all the different sounds in every language which is spoken.
- A one-week old baby notices the difference when a scene changes from three objects to two, and vice versa.
- Five month old babies can do the simple maths sum of one and one makes two: if they see a Mickey Mouse, then he is covered by a screen, and then another Mickey Mouse is placed behind the screen – when the screen is removed, they expect to see two.
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Items in this quiz include quotations and adaptations from Stephen Pinker's book How the Mind Works