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The Genius of Babies

Is Human Development Always 'Evolutionary'?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

It's true that babies know more than psychologists believed a century ago. However, I doubt kids know as much as Alison Gopnik claims they do. For that matter, most adults are no great shakes in the logic department.

Crib, Lap Or Back? What Sleeping (And Awake) Babies Tell Us About How Culture Matters

Alma Gottlieb | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Alma Gottlieb

Many new parents nowadays find comfort in the newfound brilliance that their tiny, non-verbal children may demonstrate in laboratory settings. But what implications do these lab findings hold for the day-to-day experiences of babies and those who care for them?

The Startling Amount That Children Can Learn From Play

Peter Gray | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Peter Gray

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThink of it; none of these characteristics are present in our standard schools. In our standard schools we deprive children of the conditions they need to educate themselves, and then we try to teach them something.

If Children Are For Learning, Then Let Them Play

Bethany Wilinski | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Bethany Wilinski

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI worry that the focus on developing standards and assessment measures to frame and evaluate children's learning in pre-K programs obscures the need to think deeply about what children in these programs should be doing on a daily basis.

Tapping Into What Young People Know

Marguerite Wilson | Posted 11.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Marguerite Wilson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNot everyone shares the Western assumption that children should have an extended, protected childhood. The circumstances of life in different parts of the world create different assumptions about what childhood should look like.

WATCH: A Fascinating Peek Into A Baby's Brain

TEDTalks | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends

alison gopnikCute, precious... brilliant? You bet. Behind that adorable facade, your baby is performing complex calculations in an effort to figure out how exactly this crazy world of ours works.