REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES
All the cuddles, giggles and love of new parenthood create many beautiful and memorable moments for adults – and for their babies, too. Scientists have found that tots are more likely to remember the times when they were happy rather than when they were sad.
In a study, researchers spoke to babies in either an angry, happy or neutral voice, then showed the baby a shape. The next day, the babies were shown the same shapes and, in order to determine memory, the researchers worked out how much time the babies spent looking at them compared to brand-new shapes.
The study, published in the journal Infant Behaviour and Development, found that the babies preferred to look at the shapes they associated with the happy voices and had trouble remembering those associated with angry or neutral ones. So, don’t worry if your baby might be grizzling now – hopefully he won’t remember it!