Babies don’t give attention to more complicated or simpler situations; Research


Researchers have found that babies are aware of the boring stuff around them.

This research has been done by Celeste Kidd, a doctoral candidate in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester and collaborators, and has been published online in the journal PLoS ONE.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]Researchers in this study worked on the attention patterns of 72 babies in the age range of 7 to 8 months. They have found that babies are able to be attentive towards the situation which is neither very complex nor very simple i.e. children now about boring situations or conditions.

It has been found that babies are more attentive towards the situation which will give them an efficient learning. If something is too much simple with less learning value comes in front of infants, they give no attention to that object and the same thing works for too complex objects.

Researchers used a computer screen in which an eye-tracking device was fixed that helped to stop the events when the children move their eyes away from the screen, soon the babies realized that they were in charge of the screen and they have to continue watching the screen for the event to be played continuously. In another experiment, infants were showed the video animations of items that appeared on the screen with a complex sequence of events. Researchers found that the babies lost interest in the events after knowing the sequence or if the sequence becomes more complicated.

“You would think that the more complex something is, the more interesting it would be. That’s not the case with babies,” study researcher Richard Aslin of the University of Rochester said in a statement.

So, if you want to get the attention of little ones work with them in a condition or situation that will boast the learning potential with normal level of complexity.


Celeste Kidd, Steven T. Piantadosi, Richard N. Aslin, (2012). The Goldilocks Effect: Human Infants Allocate Attention to Visual Sequences That Are Neither Too Simple Nor Too Complex. PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036399

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