Behinds the blue eyes and the chubby face of the baby lies a mind of a statistical who logs your every move and tries to figure out what a person is planning to do next. This happens normally when a baby is only 8 months old or even younger.
Studies find that even before they learn to talk babies are trying to figure out your preferences and what you like best. Once you make a similar choice three to four times, babies know that this is your preference.
These findings indicated that infants look for consistent behaviour patterns and make judgements about the person’s preferences based on probabilities that are simple. This is calculated from observed actions and events.
An important factor for infants is consistency. This helps them sort out the happenings in the world around them. If a person does something different only one, this can change the notion of someone having a specific preference and can change the expectations of the infant for the behaviour of that individual, according to a study.
At the age of 8 months, infants are developing an ability to see the world through the eyes of someone else. They can easily sense what another person might know or might not know, believe or think about a situation.
As babies cannot talk and tell us what is going on in their minds, it was speculated by the researchers that this ability to see life from another one’s perspective did not develop till the age of 4 in babies. It is only now that research has proved otherwise.
When an infant reaches out for one specific stuffed animal in a room that is filled with other similar stuffed toys, this so-called random choice is bad for the other toys as most likely the baby has decided that he/she does not like what he/she did not choose.
The act of making a specific choice changes how we feel about the options available. Research has proved that people don’t choose things they like but, on the contrary, people like things because they choose them.
Adults tend to like less the things they did not choose even if they had no specific preference, and the same goes for babies, dis-prefer the object that was unchosen. If you take the element of choice away then the phenomenon also goes away.
It is surprising but true that infants do make methodical choices. They are not choosing based on intrinsic preference or novelty.
This research was carried out to find out how the preferences of people were shaped by their choices.
The act of making a choice changes on how we feel about our options. This bias is also seen in infants. You like something so you have to like it and this is made by adults unconsciously.
To conclude, do not get fooled by the innocent face and the chubby cheeks of the blue-eyes baby across the room. He/she has a clear idea of what is going on in your head and is closely observing you.