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  • 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.
  • *crying*
  • 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.
  • *buzz buzz*
  • 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...
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