www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.nefloridaredcross.org/images/baby_bootcamp.jpg Study of an Infant's mind
www.helpingpsychology.com content/uploads/2009/09/iStock_000006850911Small.jpg Psychological study comes in many forms, but at the heart lies the study of the mind.
www.helpingpsychology.com One of the most enigmatic fields of psychological study in practice today entails the exploration of the minds of very young children and infants. http://www.thelearningcommunity.us/Portals/0/images%20of%20kids/african%20american%20infant%20profile.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.caringforyou.org/assets/clientPhotos/Boy%20Blocks.jpg Obtaining hard data about the experiences and perceptions of these youngest subjects of study has been quite difficult until very recently.
The most obvious barrier to undertaking these studies has been that of language based communication, but scientists have discovered other ways to collect empirical data on the subject. http://www.healthynd.org/images/mom_baby.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
This data has been used in a published study which found that in some ways, the consciousness of infants is superior to that of the average adult, specifically in the fields of empathy,imagination, and even intelligence in some cases. http://www.cimhd.org/img/09.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
www.helpingpsychology.com As we grow older and engage in more experiences, we build up mental filters that serve various functions. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/07/03/article-1197348-04511B6E0000044D-653_468x344.jp
www.helpingpsychology.com For example, when driving we train ourselves to ignore irrelevant visual data, while at the same time pay close attention to things like road signs and the movement of cars around us. http://www.self.com/images/health/2007/09/favorites-hear296.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com Infants who have just come into existence on this planet have virtually no filters, and are simply “along for the ride” to a large extent. http://www.yale.edu/infantlab/Welcome_files/shapeimage_2.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com They absorb all external stimuli like a sponge, as they have not had the experience necessary to develop such filters. http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/html/DSS/images/FosterParentingAdopt/infant.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com Infants and very young children have been found to be much more observant on average than teens and adults. http://www.ioe.ucla.edu/media/images/42-16980757-lrg.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com This is best illustrated in the case of toddlers; their consciousness occupies an interesting gray area in which they have a basic set of filters, but are still very observant and open-minded. http://kindermusikwithemily.com/assets/images/KIstock502
www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.ct-aimh.org/images/4ul_1xuq%5B1%5D.jpg Most parents have been caught off guard by a question or idea that their child has expressed at one time or another, surprised by its ability to cut straight to the heart of the issue.
www.helpingpsychology.com They may see a solution to a problem that their parent had been unable to even imagine due to their acquisition of mental filters, which can inadvertently “toss out” what may be relevant information. http://www.windhampta.org/uploadedImages/News/Parent_Involvement(1).jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com The focus of the mental filters we acquire over time is not limited strictly to observational data, but also the emotional data . http://www.ioe.ucla.edu/media/images/42-16606408.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com This is likely one of the reasons that young children are more intensely affected by the feelings of others, as well as experiences of loss such as the death of a pe http://www.waynefcfc.org/images/children_school.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com As we grow older we learn to disconnect ourselves in many ways from the pain of others. http://www.cm.iparenting.com/fc/editor_files/images/1042/ipgraphics/familyhealth/fhe114.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com This can indeed serve a useful purpose, preventing strong emotions from unduly influencing our actions or interfering with our ability to reason. http://losangelespublicrelations.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Craniosacral-For-Infants.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com On the other hand, this increased sensitivity can enhance a young child or infant’s ability to relate to or feel sympathy for others, which can be a useful characteristic in social or family situations. http://www.glubblenews.com/wp-content/themes/revolution_news-30/images/littlegirl600.png
www.helpingpsychology.com When we understand these differences in the way the minds of our children operate we start to see that rather than occupying a lower plane of consciousness, the mental space they live in is simply different. http://www.build-child-confidence.com/uploads/kid-lacking-self-confidence.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com It is no less significant, and we find that perhaps through their experiences and observations we can learn something about ourselves as well. http://www.willoughby-eastlake.k12.oh.us/parent-child%20hands.jpg
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