Infants use expectations to shape their brains

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 2.20.54 PMInfants can use their expectations about the world to rapidly shape their developing brains. A series of experiments with infants ages 5 to 7 months has shown that portions of babies’ brains responsible for visual processing respond not just to the presence of visual stimuli, but also to the mere expectation of visual stimuli, according to the researchers from Princeton University, the University of Rochester and the University of South Carolina.