Friday, September 5, 2008

Did You Know?

  • The distance from a parent's crooked elbow to their eyes exactly matches the distance at which a baby focuses?

  • By 6 months of age.. infants in English speaking homes already have different auditory maps from those in Swedish speaking home.  Children are functionally deaf to sounds absent from their native tongue.  The map is completed by their first birthday.  By 12 months infants have lost the ability to discriminate sounds that are not significant to their language, and their babbling has acquired the sound of their language.

  • When a baby comes into the world their brain is a jumble of neurons, all waiting to be woven into the intricate tapestry of the mind... they are pure and of almost infinite potential... by adulthood the brain is crisscrossed with more than 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) neurons, each reaching out to thousands of others so that all told, the brains has more than 100,000,000,000,000 ( 100 trillion) connections.  It is those connections  - more than the number of galaxies in the known universe - that give the brain its unrivaled powers.


Elizabeth September 8, 2008 at 7:13 AM  

Wow! Amazing! Evolution? I DON'T think so! Thank you for sharing! :)

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