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Baby Brains Wired To Learn By Imitation
2013-10-31 10:33:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since we weren’t able to talk during the first couple years of our lives, we had to learn how to make simple movements by watching our parents and imitating them. New research from Temple University and the University of Washington published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed some of the neural mechanisms behind how babies learn through imitation. "Babies are exquisitely careful people-watchers, and they're primed to learn from...

2010-11-19 08:52:33

Interdisciplinary research combines infant learning and computer science A few years ago, AnthroTronix, Inc., an engineering research and development firm in College Park, Md., introduced Cosmobot, a type of social robot for therapists and educators who work with developmentally and learning disabled children. By imitating human joint movement in its shoulders, arms, hands and head, Cosmobot motivates children to develop new skills more quickly than is typical with traditional therapy....

2010-10-14 13:48:34

Babies are curious about nearly everything, and they're especially interested in what their adult companions are doing. Touch your tummy, they'll touch their own tummies. Wave your hands in the air, they'll wave their own hands. Turn your head to look at a toy, they'll follow your eyes to see what's so exciting. Curiosity drives their learning. At 18 months old, babies are intensely curious about what makes humans tick. A team of University of Washington researchers is studying how infants...

2009-09-11 13:45:31

Researchers find social aspects of learning important at all ages According to recent studies, young children learn best through social interaction. Andrew Meltzoff and his colleagues at the University of Washington are studying an emerging field called the "Science of Learning," which re-evaluates how children learn in formal and informal settings. "We're finding that social aspects of learning are very important at all ages," said Meltzoff, who explained that this is especially the case for...

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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.