Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Babies and Toddlers


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Babies Have Sponge Brain
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Babies come into the world with a lot of pre-loaded programing, but they still have a lot of learning to do. As the saying goes, little pitchers have big ears, because they're constantly soaking up information.

As such, infants are actually more conscious of the world around them than adults. It's just a different sort of conciseness, one more like a lantern than a flashlight. Their brains are soaked in neurotransmitters, brimming with neural connections as they immerse themselves fully in the sense world around them.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.