There’s simply no better way to put it: Babies are essentially vegetables.
Sure, they’re cute and everything, but at the end of the day, we all know that they’re primitive organisms who’re yet to develop the basic functions to qualify as cognitive human beings. As the babies grow, they will slowly develop various functions necessary to survive in the world.
But as research is gradually finding out, babies are capable of much more than we usually give them credit for.
10. Hearing All The Sound Frequencies At The Same Time
We assume that a baby’s sense of hearing is just a primitive version of an adult’s. Sure, they turn around when you make a sound, but they can’t really understand the difference between talking and other sounds. While that’s true for the most part, it’s not because babies are not as good at hearing as we are but because they’re tuned to a whole different type of hearing. As scientists at the University of Washington found out, babies hear all the sound frequencies simultaneously.
When they studied 73 infants to see what type of sound they respond to, researchers found them to be better at listening to a wider bandwidth of frequencies than adults. This mechanism helps babies respond to unexpected sounds. They don’t need to learn the difference between various types of sounds yet, but they do need to know if anything walking across the room will accidentally drop them off the bed. The ability may be a remnant of ancient times, when hearing everything might have been a definite advantage to survival in the wild.
9. Distinguishing Faces, Even Of Other Species
If you’ve ever spent time with a baby, you’ll know that they’re not so great at recognizing people by their faces. They don’t seem to behave in a particularly different way when they see someone they have met earlier, unless it’s their mother or someone they spend a lot of time with. The ability to tell faces apart from each other is something they acquire much later in their lives. Or that’s what the babies would rather have you believe, anyway.
Babies are actually pretty good at identifying faces, even when it comes to creatures of different species. In an experiment conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield and University of London, six-month-old babies were found to be as good as adults at recognizing human faces that they saw earlier. But, shockingly, they were actually better at recognizing monkey faces than the adults. How many of us can tell monkeys apart by their faces? We bet it’s not a lot. Yet, apparently, six-month-old babies can do just that.
We lose the ability to recognize the faces of different species and races as we grow older, because an adult’s facial recognition is based more on familiarity than absolute facial indicators, but babies still carry this vestigial ability up to a certain age.