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Smart Babies - the origins of the mind

When do humans begin to think? At the Baby Lab at Potsdam University, researchers are studying the ability of small children to think abstractly and predict actions. They have found that nine-month-old babies can already comprehend actions performed by other people.

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At 16 months, they can recognize mistakes committed by others. The nerve synapses forged during this period are important for the rest of the subjects’ lives. And it turns out that Eureka moments are most effective in shaping the brain - and are stored in long-term memory.