eagon008: April 2012 Archives

Final Blog: Babies

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The thing I believe I will always remember is the stuff we learned about babies. Since I want to have kids of my own one day, I thought it was very interesting of all the things that they are equipped with when they are born. For example, the infant child already has reflexes such as grasping and suckling. When they get older, there mind starts to get more developed as well but I did not realize the baby could understand basic impossible outcomes like the 1+1=2 project. I did not even think there was a way for scientist to measure if a baby could really understand what is going on. What also intrigued me was the fact that if one is playing with a baby and hides a ball behind their back, the baby thinks it is actually gone and does not understand where the object is. I found that was interesting that people could measure that as well.
As the child develops, so does their cognitive thinking ability. Soon, a child will be able to understand representation and will be able to understand lying, which may or may not be a good thing. A child will also begin to understand spatial differences and similarities like the experiment where the child has to compare the same amount of an object, like 5 coins, but it is a different arrangement so it would make it look like a larger amount. All these points and many more make having a child a little more in depth now to me than it did before.

Birth Order

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"Firstborns tend toward achievement, middle-borns toward diplomacy, and later-borns towards risk taking." These are sayings that are widely popular but have not been proven. Many researchers have tried coming up with the proper test to see if this statement is true or not. Although their findings are rather inconclusive. First off, if a scientist or researcher found a study which could prove or disprove this claim, it must be able to be replicated otherwise it is not scientifically sound. Also, this claim is open to many other third variables that may cause this personality such as the child's parents were very hard workers so the child follows in his parents' foot-steps. Another third variable could be how the parents treat the firstborn and how they treat the last-born. Parents can change over time and many siblings who are older, say that the parents were much harder on them, which may or may not be true. Another principle to think about is if this statement can be disproved? I believe it can be just because I think there is much more to personality than just when you were born in your family chain. This may have a slight affect on how a person may act to one and other but I believe, all and all, the picture is much more than that.
This idea may be popular just like the statements given at the beginning of the book. Those statements are circulated throughout popular media and they make people think of them over and over again. I failed the test the book gives because that is what I was always told, not just from my parents, but from everything like cartoons. This just may have been said to people with different personality offspring. If they all came from the same place, then why can they be so different? This question may have sprung open this statement. birthorder.jpg

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