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September 15, 2020 Tuesday 12:46:40 PM IST

Mood Affects Baby Learning

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The learning outcome in babies is determined by the mood of the baby while learning, according to a study by developmental psychologists at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum based on observing 96 children aged nine months along with their parents. To study the phenomenon called state-dependent memory, the babies were made to either perform quiet activities with their parent, such as looking at picture books or they went wild by hopping around.. Then they watched an experimenter performing actions with a hand puppet, thus learning how to do this. Later a test was done to analyse the learning outcome. The infants who had been in a different mood when learning than when recalling what they'd learned could not imitate the actions with the puppet: the memory performance was two and a half times higher if they were in the same mood when learning and when recalling what they'd learned.

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