"Superbabies": possible or not?

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People usually say that babies are the greatest gifts for parents; because these adorable little ones are not only the offspring to their parents, but also the connection between them, as well as the proof of their love. Hence, all parents want their kids to become outstanding and to be able to achieve success later. In order to turn their kids into little geniuses, parents are willing to spend a lot of money in products, which are believed as intelligence boosters. The question here is: "Do these costly products really work?" In this blog post, I will compose discuss about the possibility of making "superbabies".

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Planning is easy, but making plans come true is extremely difficult and in this case, the majority of parents tend to believe in advertisers on TV or Internet about the magical effects of these "intelligence boosters". The most popular product seems to be the CDs of Mozart's music, since a huge number of people trust it without doubt. In fact, in 1998, Zell Miller, a Georgia Governor, spent $105,000 from state budget to give every infant in Georgia a free Mozart CD or cassette. According to chapter 10 in our textbook, the reason for this nonsensical belief was started in 1993, when an experiment is conducted about the Mozart Effect, on two groups of college students. The result showed that students in the group listened to Mozart's music performed better on reasoning tasks, than those in the other group. From that moment, people started to think of Mozart's music as an "intelligence booster", even though the original experiment did not conclude anything about making babies smarter, nor did they mention anything about the Mozart Effect in the long term. Therefore, listening to Mozart's music to become smarter is a misunderstanding, and obviously, people should not spend money on this type of product for the purpose of turning their children into geniuses.

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Beside Mozart's music, "intelligence booster" toys are a different type of products that can be found easily online and stores. If you go to google.com and search for 'smart toy for kids', you will receive approximately 5,650,000 results. However, how many percentages of these toys actually improve children's brain? Based on the textbook, until now, there is not any valid evidence that can verify the reliability of these toys. Thus, we can see that advertisements of those toys are not accurate.

In conclusion, making "superbabies" by listening to Mozart's music or playing smart toys appears to be impossible because there is not sufficient evidence to support the claim. Therefore, people should apply critical thinking and make their decisions logically to avoid being tricked by the misleading advertisements.

Thuc Huynh

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