Once upon a time in a far away land, a babe was born in the highest room of the tallest tower.
Babe is hungry because it cannot find anything to suck on for food.
Luckily, babe was equipped with the automatic reflexes associated with maintaining survival.
Because of this, the babe could suck (coordinated reflex of tonguing, swallowing, and breathing)- this is called the rooting reflex.
One may wonder- what is babe thinking, hearing, or smelling?
William James said that I experience a "blooming buzzing confusion."
Researchers used eye-tracking machines and pacifiers wired to electronic gear to track what the babe saw, heard, smelled, and thought.
They realized that I habituated to their tests. This meant that I decreased my responsiveness with each repeated stimulation. My interest waned and I looked away sooner.
Even newborns have a visual preference. This means that they prefer to look at objects 8-12 inches away. They have a genetic predisposition to look at faces first, similar to the dog-cat hybrid experiment. The infants responded to the dog head with the cat body because they were used to seeing only a cat head.
Within days after birth, the mother's scent was imprinted on the babe. The babe could recognize smell and even preferred to play with toys specifically scented as a smell they had learned 21 months ago.
For now, all was well in the kingdom for the babe, until the Terrible Two's...