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(BBC-US)   If you've ever wondered why all babies, across all language and cultural barriers, love to play peekaboo, this is your lucky day   (bbc.com) divider line 17
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2014-04-20 10:43:11 PM  
4 votes:

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.
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2014-04-20 09:45:45 PM  
4 votes:
Is it object permanence?
2014-04-20 11:08:27 PM  
3 votes:
Nope. Can't say that I really give a shiat why a baby does anything. Little aliens.
2014-04-20 10:46:04 PM  
3 votes:
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.
2014-04-21 02:00:23 AM  
2 votes:
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 01:48:38 AM  
2 votes:

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.
2014-04-20 10:56:20 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2014-04-21 05:09:03 AM  
1 votes:

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 03:06:58 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:38:31 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:06:31 AM  
1 votes:
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2014-04-20 11:15:19 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:12:15 PM  
1 votes:
Nope. I don't really ever wonder anything about babies. I can't stand them.
2014-04-20 11:09:31 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:44:09 PM  
1 votes:

433: Is it object permanence?


Yes, but not in the way that TFA thinks:

www.smbc-comics.com
2014-04-20 09:41:12 PM  
1 votes:
I had a cat who loved peekaboo, too.
2014-04-20 09:40:05 PM  
1 votes:
Babies are stupid.

The end.
 
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