How Do Babies Learn Social Behaviors?

How Do Babies Learn Social Behaviors?

How do babies learn social behaviors? The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) co-Director, Dr. Patricia Kuhl, partnered with Edutopia  to create Social Learning & the Baby Brain, “a series of four short, engaging videos that explore infants’ use of social information to learn about the world.”

Video 1: What Is the Social Brain?

Dr. Patricia Kuhl: “The power of the social brain has been totally underestimated. It’s a driving force in learning. It’s the gateway to cognition. We have evidence that the social brain is operating to assist learning throughout the lifespan. So let’s think about human babies. We know in the development of language that there’s a very important period between six months and 12 months of age where babies are mastering the sounds of language. So we’ve done experiments in which babies are exposed to a foreign language right at that critical moment.”

Video 2: Masters of Social Learning

“We’re hardwired from birth to decode facial expression, posture, and tone of voice—and to work collaboratively.”

Video 3: When the Social Brain Misfires

“Sometimes our powerful urge to belong can hurt us. We look at how stereotypes undermine learning.”

Video 4: The Social Classroom

“Increasingly, modern classrooms support group work and peer-to-peer collaboration. The science says that’s right on.”

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