Playing With Babies Will Sync Your Brain With babies BrainVijayan Sankar (Author) Published Date : Jan 13, 2020 16:14 IST
Know why people enjoy much when playing with babies: People for long enjoyed playing with babies, and babies also seem to enjoy it. But now a study published in the Psychological Science Journal finds the scientific reason behind it. The neural wavelength of adults of any age synchronizes with that of the babies when they play together.
In this stressful life, many find solace playing with their babies or that of others. The feeling was not only enjoyable but a spiritual experience. Any worry whatsoever is forgotten in those golden moments and only those experience it can explain it in other words. Such an experience is due to the synching of the brains is a fantastic finding from the researchers of Princeton University.
Casey Lew Williams is the co-author of the published study and a researcher at Princeton University. The best surprise as per Casey from the study finding is that the baby's brain is often leading than the adult brain by a few seconds. It is because the babies not only passively receive input, but also guide the adult to the next thing they have to focus.
Elise Piazza, the first author of the study and also from Princeton University, says that previous researchers have found the adult brain to sync up while watching movies and reading books. Still, not much was known about how the brain syncs in the early years of life. She said that while playing with babies, the adult and the child seem to form a feedback loop.
There is the anticipation of future actions from both sides when they have eye contact and joint attention to toys. The baby's brain will anticipate what is going to be the next baby talk of the adult. Also, the adult will know when the child will smile. Also, both their brains are influencing each other in dynamic ways.
The study was conducted at the Princeton University's Baby Lab among 18 babies aged between 10 to 15 months. Their interactions with the experimenter were recorded, including brain activity. This study will lead to new findings on autism and also in its treatment in the future.