RE­MEM­BER­ING THE GOOD TIMES

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Thebuzz -

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!

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