You might think that when a baby babbles to you, she is just babbling, or if anything: trying to copy her parents.
Well – think again. Research by Rachel Albert shows that babies actually trigger each other and grown-ups into conversations, and by using different intonations and sounds, convey how they feel and what they want.
Didn’t see that one coming, did you?
Funny thing is, the police already knew this stuff back in the 80’s;-)
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Dr. Rachel Albert is an assistant professor of psychology at Lebanon Valley College and the director of the LVC Baby Lab. She received her PhD in child development from Cornell University and specializes in infant language learning. She studies when and how parents react to infant vocalizations and how infants learn from those reactions.