What Your Baby Knows at Birth: Empathy

Category: Newborns

Did you know that human babies are naturally empathetic?

 


WORDS CHRISTEL GERALYN GOMES

 

According to Alison Gopnik, American professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, the silly faces and sounds we often make with babies play a vital role in emotional development. In her book The Philosophical Baby, Gopnik explains that when your baby looks into your face and imitates your facial expressions, such as a smile, or laugh, it triggers the same emotion in them as well.

 

 

The value of this process is not to be underestimated as it helps infants build on their

innate understanding of emotional communication.

 

 

She adds that this may also explain why parents naturally have a tendency towards exaggerated happy and sad faces when interacting with a baby, for easier imitation. 

 

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