Last July, I went to the Defense Advanced Research (DARPA), the blue-sky government research lab that helped to invent the computer and the internet. I was there, strange as it may seem, to talk about babies. The latest big DARPA research project, Machine Common Sense, is funding collaborations between child psychologists like me and computer scientists. This year I also talked about children’s minds at Google, Facebook and Apple.
Abstract: The meaning of expressions other than names in the language of 9 12-24-month olds was studied. The children were audiotaped or videotaped regularly from about 15 months to about 24 months. The meaning of each early word was discovered. by looking at the contexts in which the children used that word. Changes in the meaning of each word were recorded. 11That 11 , "there", "no", "more", "oh dear", "gone", "down", "up", "in", "out", "on" and "off" were studied particularly closely.
New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they’re reading books to babies in the womb. They pressure teachers to make kindergartens and nurseries more like schools. So does the law—the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act explicitly urged more direct instruction in federally funded preschools.