May 21 2010Newborns Can Learn In Their Sleep (Plus Cry And Crap Their Pants When They're Awake!)


The future supervillain in the picture aside, a new study reports that babies are more gooder at learnin' thangs than previously thought and can even do it in they sleeps. Suck it, proper English! THIS BLOGGER MAKES HIS OWN RULES.

A new study has found that newborns are capable of a rudimentary form of learning while they're asleep, which may be an important process, considering that infants spend between 16 to 18 hours a day in the land of Nod.

Researchers recruited one- and two-day-old infants for the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. With each sleeping baby, the researchers played a musical tone and followed that by a puff of air to the eyes, a mild annoyance that caused the infant to automatically scrunch up its eyes. As this sequence of events was repeated, the sleeping babies learned to associate the air puff with the tone, and soon began to to tighten their eyelids as soon as they heard the musical note, even if the air puff didn't follow. Electrodes stuck to their scalps also showed activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in memory.

Further investigation is required to determine if blowing air in sleeping baby's faces increases the likelihood of becoming psychopathic killers in adulthood, but you don't need stupid experiments to prove sound logic.

Newborn Babies Learn While They're Asleep [discover]

Thanks to Andy, who learned everything he needed to by six-months.

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Everybody below this line is a loser!!!!!

Go Go Broken HTML! ;]

@2 - What line? Moron.

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you mean it was not ok for them to do that to me when i was a kid? no wonder i am insane, no we are not yes we are.


Didn't Doc Brown invent that thing?

Now I know what's under my distributor cap

o so they took pavlov's research and put new parameters on it... i wonder how drunk some new dad scientist had to be to think of this one

When those kids grow up and they hear that tone they are going to freak out. Sucks to be them.

so what happens when these babies grow up and every time they hear a tone they wince and are endlessly mocked for their wierd twitches?

Viddy well baby brothers....

Borg! Kill it quick before it assimilates us all!

tsh, I was playing video games & reading encyclopedias when I was 2. Now you can't doupt that video games r bad for you. >:D

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I learned during sleep too. If while dreaming I throw myself off a high place, I wake up, it's basic dream learning..

Lol, I didn't mean sleep walking.

BORG BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@9 - i was about to say that, lucky for me i read the previous comments.

damm you, now i have nothing to say.

You coulda just used the illustration from Donnie Darko, GW. haha, that one is creepier. Sense memory something ^^

You know that this isn't new....EVERYONE learns in their sleep. Its one of sleeps primary functions

@15, i agree fucking stomp it!
@22, people don't "learn" in their sleep they just process the days events, kind of like filing paperwork.


@9, 20:
Baby just invented the flux capacitor - IN HIS SLEEP! No wonder he's (or she's) gonna be a supervillain...

Newborn babies don't know the difference between day and night yet and their tiny stomachs don't hold enough breast milk or formula to keep them satisfied for very long. They need food every few hours, no matter what time of day or night it is.

Babies truly learn in their sleep. It's truly amazing to watch a baby sleep and see his little gesture as he go through different stages of sleep. I wish adults can do that too! WISHFUL THINKING!!!

A newborn sleeps sixteen to eighteen hours per day, and this sleep is distributed evenly over six to seven sleep periods. You can help your baby distinguish between night sleep and day sleep, and thus help him sleep longer periods at night.

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