What is going on in babies' brains when they learn to do something?
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SourceFrontiers for Young Minds, 7, (2019), article 44
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ DCC CO
Frontiers for Young Minds
SubjectAction, intention, and motor control
Actions are important. We need to know how to do all sorts of actions in our everyday lives, like using a fork to eat and using a pen to write. We have an easier time understanding the actions we see other people do if we have done the same actions before ourselves. It helps us understand why other people choose to use the same action. Adults know lots of different actions, but babies are still learning how to do many things. They are just learning how to move around and how to play with toys. Babies also understand more about actions they have done before than actions they have not done. Is there something happening in their brains that might help them understand the actions they have done? Do babies’ brains respond differently when they see an action they know how to do compared with one they have never done? Let us find out.
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