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the eric update - day 390: odin's new found ability to move objects at a distance!

in addition to creating and retaining complex spatial memory maps of his environment and mastering his oral/motor skills, odin continues to show evidence of that his little neurons are doing their neuronal development thing and giving him the ability to accomplish what was previously unimaginable; just this week he discovered that he could push the buttons on his developmental mobile that's attached to his changing table right next to his BIg Boy Bed and remotely turn it on and off!

of course, we now know when he's awaken from a slumber because we can hear the musical mobile sounds starting and stoppping via his baby monitor, which he thinks it's all sorts of fun.

maybe i'm just giving away my background in cognitive neuroscience but it seems to me that this opportunity to learn that one can control things from a distance so early is quite a new phenomenon. i mean, before the advent of remote controls it was impossible unless you possessed some sort of psychokinetic ability. someone, somewhere surely must have a ph.d dissertation in the works on the effects of the learning action at a distance on a developing brain.

in any case, you can see several of his other favorite playthings that he likes to have around when he wakes up; his bedside clock, and a stuffed toy malamute that's been by his side since the nicu and, of course, the gloworm.

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7/29/2005 08:57:00 PM 4 comments

4 Comments:

I'm not sure a child differentiates between cause and effect close up and cause and effect at a distance. From a very young age, babies learn that they can cause things to happen from a distance. For example, a parent can be induced to come to a baby from a distance in response to crying.

A child is not aware of the presence or absence of technological issues, while an adult is. What might seem technologically amazing to an adult (controlling something across the room with a remote control) may be indistinguishable from non-technological ways of getting things done from a distance to a child.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:17 PM  

I think Odin could be a step away from genius (If he's not already there). I can't beleive how many leaps and bounds and hurdles that little fellow had to over come in just one short year...I love reading the blog everyday and can't wait to hear the next thing Odin does!!!

By Anonymous Kacy, at 9:42 PM  

anonymous: " I'm not sure a child differentiates between cause and effect close up and cause and effect at a distance. From a very young age, babies learn that they can cause things to happen from a distance. For example, a parent can be induced to come to a baby from a distance in response to crying...What might seem technologically amazing to an adult (controlling something across the room with a remote control) may be indistinguishable from non-technological ways of getting things done from a distance to a child."

o.k. smarty smart anonymous commentor. interesting theory. i think more study is warranted :-) not that i'm taking the issue too seriously, but it would be interesting to know whether or not an infant can distinguish between the animate entities that are amenable to "remote control" by non-technological means ( crying or what not ) and the inanimate objects that are not. i think any proper study should include The Clapper to help discern the underlying machinations.

By Blogger e3, at 9:46 PM  

kacy: "I think Odin could be a step away from genius (If he's not already there). I can't beleive how many leaps and bounds and hurdles that little fellow had to over come in just one short year...I love reading the blog everyday and can't wait to hear the next thing Odin does!!!"

well, we certainly think he's a genius ! thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment.

By Blogger e3, at 9:29 AM  

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