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2014-04-20 09:26:08 PM  
Peekaboo never gets old.

Look, kid, it's always gonna to be me!
 
2014-04-20 09:40:05 PM  
Babies are stupid.

The end.
 
2014-04-20 09:41:12 PM  
I had a cat who loved peekaboo, too.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-04-20 09:45:45 PM  
Is it object permanence?
 
2014-04-20 10:37:04 PM  
I'm shocked that peekaboo crosses culture and language barriers.  It's as if these farking infants don't even give two shiats about the culture they're about to be brought up in.
 
2014-04-20 10:43:11 PM  

433: Is it object permanence?


That's one part of the game. They are playing with a very important concept. But I think they also are learning to prepare for greater independence and separation from their mother when they become toddlers. They are getting used to the idea of "going away" and "coming back", which will reduce separation anxiety when their mother or wet nurse must leave them alone or with baby sitters.

Most play is training for life in some way. Children's play naturally tends towards the acquisition of basic life skills whether that is the making of arrows and shooting or sitting at at a computer manipulating data, words and numbers.

Peek-a-boo teaches universal ideas and behaviours so it is universal. Not every child would be fascinated by an adding machine.
 
2014-04-20 10:44:09 PM  

433: Is it object permanence?


Yes, but not in the way that TFA thinks:

www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-04-20 10:46:04 PM  
Oh I also like this game. I am sometimes doing the changing and see the neighbor of me and he pokes the head and I look and OM MAGOODNESS HE HAS DISAPPEARED. It is time for the playing of the peekaboo game. Let me do the turning back will the man be there? I am not thinking this. Perhaps this is the happening however. Will I have sight again? Oh look there he is. What he has left. Please do not leave. It is when I play this game that perhaps I return to the childhood of me. Perhaps though this has caused the fear of the separation of me because I did the learning that people who appear to you always always go away. This was perhaps made worse when the father of me was doing the playing of peekaboo with the head of he out of a city bus.
 
2014-04-20 10:49:02 PM  
Nope
 
2014-04-20 10:51:45 PM  

HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.


crow202.org
 
2014-04-20 10:53:08 PM  

HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.


That's true. Every person who has ever done something stupid in the history of humanity was a baby at some point.
 
2014-04-20 10:54:45 PM  
eat da poo poo
 
2014-04-20 10:56:20 PM  

433: Is it object permanence?


Piget was an well-intentioned idiot. Despite what the author thinks many psychologist today believe that object permanence is not what is going on with peek-a-boo and that it is more likely an example of observational learning. The major problem with the whole idea of object permanence is that it is predicated on the Lockean notion that the mind is the blank slate at birth--psychologists don't believe that anymore either. If peek-a-boo was really about object permanence then babies would be playing peek-a-boo with their arms and legs, which they don't.
 
2014-04-20 10:58:06 PM  
I actually verified this today with my 11 month old niece.  She loved it.
 
2014-04-20 10:58:14 PM  

meow said the dog: Oh I also like this game. I am sometimes doing the changing and see the neighbor of me and he pokes the head and I look and OM MAGOODNESS HE HAS DISAPPEARED. It is time for the playing of the peekaboo game. Let me do the turning back will the man be there? I am not thinking this. Perhaps this is the happening however. Will I have sight again? Oh look there he is. What he has left. Please do not leave. It is when I play this game that perhaps I return to the childhood of me. Perhaps though this has caused the fear of the separation of me because I did the learning that people who appear to you always always go away. This was perhaps made worse when the father of me was doing the playing of peekaboo with the head of he out of a city bus.


Well, that certainly explains a lot.
 
2014-04-20 11:00:40 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-20 11:07:19 PM  
I prefer a similar game. It's called "hide the salami."

/it's only for grownups.
 
2014-04-20 11:08:00 PM  
Totally heart warming at Easter Dinner today - so many babies! Our numbers had been diminishing over the years, old age, disease, accidents, etc. To see all these new little angels - very profound and uplifting.
 
2014-04-20 11:08:27 PM  
Nope. Can't say that I really give a shiat why a baby does anything. Little aliens.
 
2014-04-20 11:09:31 PM  
Babies like simple things because it's all they can process. I can safely say nobody ever wondered at this. Not even babies. Derp.
 
2014-04-20 11:12:15 PM  
Nope. I don't really ever wonder anything about babies. I can't stand them.
 
2014-04-20 11:12:20 PM  

worlddan: 433: Is it object permanence?

Piget was an well-intentioned idiot. Despite what the author thinks many psychologist today believe that object permanence is not what is going on with peek-a-boo and that it is more likely an example of observational learning. The major problem with the whole idea of object permanence is that it is predicated on the Lockean notion that the mind is the blank slate at birth--psychologists don't believe that anymore either. If peek-a-boo was really about object permanence then babies would be playing peek-a-boo with their arms and legs, which they don't.


I have read and understand this post. I concur. I have nothing to add.
 
2014-04-20 11:12:38 PM  
This article delivers!

pclayer.com
 
2014-04-20 11:12:43 PM  
My friend's dog plays peekaboo with his front paws.

Shut up. It's adorable.
 
2014-04-20 11:15:19 PM  

HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.


I also question the intelligence of infants, anyone who would willingly pee in their own pants is not the brightest bulb out there.

Or is a performance artist.
 
2014-04-20 11:16:38 PM  
Where's the baby?

img3.wikia.nocookie.net

THERE HE IS!!
 
2014-04-20 11:25:04 PM  
So if I don't post anything, no one knows I'm here.


Hee hee heee
 
2014-04-20 11:32:54 PM  

dj_bigbird: I had a cat who loved peekaboo, too.


Mine too! He'll play it with me, with one of us ducking back behind the couch or whatever, and then peeking back out.
 
2014-04-20 11:58:45 PM  
You're kidding!!  Nobody???

Peekaboo!
 
2014-04-21 12:08:28 AM  

meow said the dog: Oh I also like this game. I am sometimes doing the changing and see the neighbor of me and he pokes the head and I look and OM MAGOODNESS HE HAS DISAPPEARED. It is time for the playing of the peekaboo game. Let me do the turning back will the man be there? I am not thinking this. Perhaps this is the happening however. Will I have sight again? Oh look there he is. What he has left. Please do not leave. It is when I play this game that perhaps I return to the childhood of me. Perhaps though this has caused the fear of the separation of me because I did the learning that people who appear to you always always go away. This was perhaps made worse when the father of me was doing the playing of peekaboo with the head of he out of a city bus.


http://www.text2speech.org/temp/53549723829c2.mp3

Hope this plays for you guys.  Sometimes I take writings I find on the Intertubes and put them through Stephen Hawking voice generator thingie.  Meows is a good candidate for such things.

If it doesn't play, you can cut/paste and make your own.  http://www.text2speech.org/
 
2014-04-21 12:11:03 AM  

johnson442: You're kidding!!  Nobody???

Peekaboo!


I had a different song in mind.
 
2014-04-21 12:49:59 AM  

worlddan: 433: Is it object permanence?

Piget was an well-intentioned idiot. Despite what the author thinks many psychologist today believe that object permanence is not what is going on with peek-a-boo and that it is more likely an example of observational learning. The major problem with the whole idea of object permanence is that it is predicated on the Lockean notion that the mind is the blank slate at birth--psychologists don't believe that anymore either. If peek-a-boo was really about object permanence then babies would be playing peek-a-boo with their arms and legs, which they don't.


But you can play peekaboo with a baby's arms and legs. Just because they don't do it on their own doesn't mean it can't be done.
I think it's more an empathy thing, though. I mean, you can frown at a baby to make it cry, so it's logically no surprise that sudden smiles encourage giggles.
 
2014-04-21 12:55:06 AM  
s.quickmeme.com

cdn.smosh.com
 
2014-04-21 01:06:31 AM  
i1282.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-21 01:24:54 AM  

johnson442: You're kidding!!  Nobody???

Peekaboo!


HA! HA! HA! HA!
 
2014-04-21 01:31:58 AM  
img.deseretnews.com


Frowns on your shenanigans
 
2014-04-21 01:37:53 AM  

Damnhippyfreak: 433: Is it object permanence?

Yes, but not in the way that TFA thinks:

[www.smbc-comics.com image 212x1500]


Thats the one i was looking for! Oh well, ill post my runner up.


www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-04-21 01:37:55 AM  
The article seems to be farked. I can't see it. Waaaaaaah!
 
2014-04-21 01:38:31 AM  

HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.


It's true.  As a young toddler, my niece didn't understand that once she threw something out of her playpen, it was gone.  So she'd throw a toy out of her playpen, then almost instantly start crying because her toy was gone.  Then some naive adult would fetch the toy and give it back to her.  Usually within seconds my niece would throw the toy outside the playpen and start crying again.  My mother thought she was being bad and would get mad at her; fortuntely my brother and his wife understood that their daughter simply hadn't yet worked out the law of conservation of toys.

BTW, some adult humans haven't learned this law very well, which is why they can never save any money.
 
2014-04-21 01:48:38 AM  

Terrible Old Man: Babies like simple things because it's all they can process. I can safely say nobody ever wondered at this. Not even babies. Derp.


First, babies process everything and probably spend more time processing everything in their surroundings than you do. Everything is new to an infant and, therefore, exciting. Babies aren't interested in simple things because they're simple; they're interested in simple things because they aren't simple to a new mind. Everything is complex when you have no assumptions to work from.

You would safely be wrong about nobody wondering how babies operate, what with the entire field of child psychology. Also, I would be sad to live in your world. Your world is so small and complete that you don't care about learning the motivations of a creature that everyone was at some point, but can't remember being? That seems so...boring.
 
2014-04-21 02:00:23 AM  
Even before they respond to a tickle, most babies will laugh at peekaboo. It's their first "joke." They are reacting to a sequence of events that begins with the presence of a familiar, comforting face. Then, suddenly, the face disappears, and you can read in the baby's expression momentary puzzlement and alarm. When the face suddenly reappears, everything is orderly in the baby's world again. Anxiety is banished, and the baby reacts with her very first laugh.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/18/AR20 06 011801434.html
 
2014-04-21 02:28:34 AM  
Ancient Aliens programmed humanoids this way, so that we would not be able to penetrate their ridiculously obvious disguises.
 
2014-04-21 03:06:58 AM  

TheOther: Ancient Aliens programmed humanoids this way, so that we would not be able to penetrate their ridiculously obvious disguises.


Why do I have all these hash marks on my arms?
 
2014-04-21 04:12:43 AM  

fusillade762: Peekaboo never gets old.

Look, kid, it's always gonna to be me!


Not in my house.

Peek-a-boo!

(Daddy's face)

*baby laughs*

Peek-a-boo!

(Daddy's face)

*baby laughs*

Peek-a-boo!

(Abbadon's face, demon from the third ring of Hell)

*baby shrieks in terror*

Peek-a-boo!

(Daddy's face)

*baby has not recovered from shrieking*
 
2014-04-21 04:21:30 AM  
Yeah because babies are born speaking their native language and conforming to their local cultural norms
 
2014-04-21 05:01:03 AM  
FTA: "An early theory of why babies enjoy peekaboo is..."

Some people have way too much time on their hands, and others give away research grant money way too easily.
 
2014-04-21 05:09:03 AM  

aerojockey: HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.

It's true.  As a young toddler, my niece didn't understand that once she threw something out of her playpen, it was gone.  So she'd throw a toy out of her playpen, then almost instantly start crying because her toy was gone.  Then some naive adult would fetch the toy and give it back to her.  Usually within seconds my niece would throw the toy outside the playpen and start crying again.  My mother thought she was being bad and would get mad at her; fortuntely my brother and his wife understood that their daughter simply hadn't yet worked out the law of conservation of toys.

BTW, some adult humans haven't learned this law very well, which is why they can never save any money.


More likely, she associated the throwing with resulting adult attention.
 
2014-04-21 05:15:10 AM  

DrPainMD: FTA: "An early theory of why babies enjoy peekaboo is..."

Some people have way too much time on their hands, and others give away research grant money way too easily.


Peekaboo?
 
2014-04-21 05:20:46 AM  

Iggie: [i.imgur.com image 500x418]


burner in his hand
Jesse shows another side
the ATM falls
 
2014-04-21 05:24:40 AM  
Third here for the idjit cat playing peeky with owner.

Damn cats.

But it's hilarious.
 
2014-04-21 05:34:56 AM  

Kittypie070: idjit cat ... Damn cats


Faux annoyance at your cat to appear somewhat normal *rolleyes*

Damn crazies.
 
2014-04-21 06:47:07 AM  
You know, I had always suspected that my infant nephew was actually the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.
 
2014-04-21 07:22:17 AM  
HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.
 
2014-04-21 07:29:12 AM  

dj_bigbird: I had a cat who loved peekaboo, too.


Same here.  My first cat would come running to me chirping when I played with him.

Nowadays, my older cat will "answer" me back with a chirp when I say peekaboo then hide, she's too lazy to run.
 
2014-04-21 08:29:26 AM  

DrPainMD: FTA: "An early theory of why babies enjoy peekaboo is..."

Some people have way too much time on their hands, and others give away research grant money way too easily.


And some people have no sense of curiosity.
 
2014-04-21 08:40:41 AM  

HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.


I would say ignorant, not stupid, close enough.
 
2014-04-21 08:40:51 AM  

wooden_badger: dj_bigbird: I had a cat who loved peekaboo, too.

Same here.  My first cat would come running to me chirping when I played with him.

Nowadays, my older cat will "answer" me back with a chirp when I say peekaboo then hide, she's too lazy to run.


Answer you with a chirp? Did a parrocite replace your cat's tongue, and now instead of meowing it chirps?
 
2014-04-21 08:58:53 AM  
I agree it's not object permanence. I think it's the frisson of eye contact being restored over and over again. Try playing peekaboo with your eyes closed or crossed instead of making contact. Kids get bored.
 
2014-04-21 09:35:58 AM  
What do they think about "Got Your Nose"?
 
2014-04-21 10:02:20 AM  

Queen Amy: I agree it's not object permanence. I think it's the frisson of eye contact being restored over and over again. Try playing peekaboo with your eyes closed or crossed instead of making contact. Kids get bored.


Agreed. Also, you can play peekaboo silently, and without anything to hide behind... Close your eyes for five seconds, reopen them, smile at baby, be rewarded with laughter/smiles. I frequently play this with babies while waiting in public places - food courts, waiting in queues, etc...
 
2014-04-21 11:10:48 AM  

lennavan: I'm shocked that peekaboo crosses culture and language barriers.  It's as if these farking infants don't even give two shiats about the culture they're about to be brought up in.


Yeah. This was the dumbest wannabe-smart article I've read in a while.
 
2014-04-21 11:17:37 AM  

dryknife: What do they think about "Got Your Nose"?


www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-04-21 11:20:52 AM  

dryknife: What do they think about "Got Your Nose"?


Alternate, shorter comic:

www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-04-21 11:24:42 AM  
Carl Jung smiles from the grave.
 
2014-04-21 11:28:08 AM  
hahahahaa toons
 
2014-04-21 12:01:27 PM  

worlddan: 433: Is it object permanence?

Piget was an well-intentioned idiot. Despite what the author thinks many psychologist today believe that object permanence is not what is going on with peek-a-boo and that it is more likely an example of observational learning. The major problem with the whole idea of object permanence is that it is predicated on the Lockean notion that the mind is the blank slate at birth--psychologists don't believe that anymore either. If peek-a-boo was really about object permanence then babies would be playing peek-a-boo with their arms and legs, which they don't.


Exactly.
 
2014-04-21 12:04:56 PM  

Feepit: wooden_badger: dj_bigbird: I had a cat who loved peekaboo, too.

Same here.  My first cat would come running to me chirping when I played with him.

Nowadays, my older cat will "answer" me back with a chirp when I say peekaboo then hide, she's too lazy to run.

Answer you with a chirp? Did a parrocite replace your cat's tongue, and now instead of meowing it chirps?


Cats have a chirp, it sounds very different than a meow. It seems to come out when they want something but can't get to it
 
2014-04-21 12:08:23 PM  

dryknife: What do they think about "Got Your Nose"?


www.lolwtfcomics.com
 
2014-04-21 12:10:51 PM  

worlddan: If peek-a-boo was really about object permanence then babies would be playing peek-a-boo with their arms and legs, which they don't.


The sense of proprioception is having a little laugh at your lame counterargument.
 
2014-04-21 12:34:11 PM  

Smoked: Even before they respond to a tickle, most babies will laugh at peekaboo. It's their first "joke." They are reacting to a sequence of events that begins with the presence of a familiar, comforting face. Then, suddenly, the face disappears, and you can read in the baby's expression momentary puzzlement and alarm. When the face suddenly reappears, everything is orderly in the baby's world again. Anxiety is banished, and the baby reacts with her very first laugh.


Humor is an interrupted defense mechanism.  That's why Puppeteers don't have humor: their defense mechanisms aren't interrupted.
 
2014-04-21 12:40:27 PM  

ciberido: Humor is an interrupted defense mechanism. That's why Puppeteers don't have humor: their defense mechanisms aren't interrupted.


Well, some of them have humor. Those Puppeteers are insane and are used for dealing with other, dangerous races.
 
2014-04-21 01:15:08 PM  

Robo Beat: You know, I had always suspected that my infant nephew was actually the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.


I'm going to have to favorite you as "a frood who really knows where his towel is" for that.
 
2014-04-21 01:39:19 PM  

cyberspacedout: The article seems to be farked. I can't see it. Waaaaaaah!


And also it doesn't provide any evidence of the assertion that peekaboo does cross all language and cultural barriers. How about we ask that question before trying to explain why it is so?
 
2014-04-21 03:31:16 PM  

Cerebral Ballsy: Feepit: wooden_badger: dj_bigbird: I had a cat who loved peekaboo, too.

Same here.  My first cat would come running to me chirping when I played with him.

Nowadays, my older cat will "answer" me back with a chirp when I say peekaboo then hide, she's too lazy to run.

Answer you with a chirp? Did a parrocite replace your cat's tongue, and now instead of meowing it chirps?

Cats have a chirp, it sounds very different than a meow. It seems to come out when they want something but can't get to it


Yes, definitely not a meow.  It's like little staccato bursts of noise.
 
2014-04-21 04:01:18 PM  
My cat chirps too, kind of a purr and meow crossed. The weirdest noise is when she chatters at squirrels...
 
2014-04-21 07:33:23 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: TheOther: Ancient Aliens programmed humanoids this way, so that we would not be able to penetrate their ridiculously obvious disguises.

Why do I have all these hash marks on my arms?


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-22 12:41:41 AM  

HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.


If you look at intelligence as the ability to learn then babies are more intelligent than any of us adults.
 
2014-04-22 12:53:00 AM  

HawgWild: Babies are stupid.

The end.


Babies learn how to lie to others within the first 2 years.  A few years later they learn how to lie to themselves.  Later, if they become self-aware they spend years trying to unlearn both.
 
2014-04-22 02:39:34 AM  

phlegmmo: Later, if they become self-aware they spend years trying to unlearn both.


Of if they're female they embrace it and perfect it as an art form.
 
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