In the latest study, babies watched their parent react naturally to two ordinary events, looking at a picture book and being shown a small red foam ball.
The events were then changed so that they became absurd: The open picture book was bounced on the researcher’s head while she said, “Zoop, Zoop” and the foam ball was placed on the researcher’s nose while she poked it and said, “Beep, Beep”Parents were instructed to either stare at the researcher with an expressionless face or to point and laugh at her.
The study found that, although 6-month-old babies stared longer at the absurd events, showing that these were unfamiliar to them, their reactions to the events did not depend on their parents’ reactions.
However, babies watched their parents closely when they laughed. The combination of paying close attention to absurd events and to others laughing at those events might explain how babies develop the sophisticated sense of humour they possess at 12 months, the researchers said.
So keep up the absurdity, because there's nothing more delightful than a laughing baby! Link -via the Presurfer
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