It’s not just a reflex, babies really laugh


One of the most beautiful feelings is when a baby will look at you and make you smile. However, there is a belief that babies’ smile is not real, but only a reflex.

“They are too small to know what it means” – you must have heard this many times.

However, science says differently. Dr. Emmes Nagi, who is studying the psychology of babies at Dundee University, conducted several trials and found that there is plenty of evidence that babies are truly laughing.

“There are signs that the baby’s smile really is the expression of positive emotions of some kind of content. For us, people who are researching babies, it’s definitely not just a reflex, “she told the Conversation portal.

Dr. Nagu explains that many people do not believe that the child’s smile is real because babies are not thinking. This opinion is shared by some scientists and supported by the explanation that babies’ smiles are not “real” because they do not include muscles around the eyes, but just around the mouth.

However, Dr. Nagy’s evidence suggests that babies’ smile is the same as in adults.

“Babies often shrug their cheeks and eyebrows before they laugh, which means they focus on the face or the subject in front of themselves. It is therefore quite possible that they really laugh with reason, “she says.

Another evidence that is in favor of her opinion is that babies can feel pain as strongly as adults and can manage themselves with their emotions and needs.

Most babies first smile after weeks of birth, and in some cases this has been observed in the first 36 hours of birth.

“The first smiles are in fact reactions to caressing the stomach or stomach, and they can stimulate sweet scents and flavors,” Dr. Nagy explains.

The smile is usually the answer to the adults’ love for them and the tenderness they feel.

“It’s less likely that a baby will laugh if it previously cried. But children have an incredible ability to manage the behavior of their parents. They often see you directly in the eyes, blink and smile, and then parents smile at what they consider a reward, “adds Dr. Nagi.

Also, children laugh more when they are awake and in interaction with someone, than when they sleep, which means that their smile has a point and is not accidental.


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