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Study Shows How Surprises Help Infants Learn

The red-and-blue ball rolls down a ramp and, thanks to a little bit of trickery, seems to pass right through a purple wall. The 11-month-old girl watching the demonstration appears surprised, then grasps the ball and bangs it on a table, testing whether it is actually solid. The unexpected event motivated the baby to learn. Researchers on Thursday reported a series of experiments that demonstrated that babies actively sought to learn when they witnessed something surprising and were...

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