PSYC 370 ARC Infant and Young Kids Are Incompetent of Thinking Discussion

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PSYC 370

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The Onion ran a satirical article(article below)

The first sentence: "A surprising new study released Monday by UCLA's Institute For Child Development revealed that human babies, long thought by psychologists to be highly inquisitive and adaptable, are actually extraordinarily stupid." While this is clearly a humorous article (which definitely should NOT be taken seriously), it does create a perfect opportunity to respond with good evidence of how infants are surprisingly intelligent.

Based on what you learned in this unit and the e-book, react to this claim.

  • In what ways are infants, and young children, surprisingly smart?
  • What are their limitations and what are important cognitive developmental milestones in the first few years of life?

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The Onion Study Reveals: Babies are Stupid May 21st, 1997 LOS ANGELES - A surprising new study released Monday by UCLA's Institute For Child Development revealed that human babies, long thought by psychologists to be highly inquisitive and adaptable, are actually extraordinarily stupid. The study, an 18-month battery of intelligence tests administered to over 3,500 babies, concluded categorically that babies are "so stupid, it's not even funny." According to Institute president Molly Bentley, in an effort to determine infant survival instincts when attacked, the babies were prodded in an aggressive manner with a broken broom handle. Over 90 percent of them, when poked, failed to make even rudimentary attempts to defend themselves. The remaining 10 percent responded by vacating their bowels. It is unlikely that the presence of the babies' fecal matter, however foul-smelling, would have a measurable defensive effect against an attacker in a real-world situation," Bentley said. Another test, in which the infants were placed on a mound of dirt outdoors during a torrential downpour, produced similarly bleak results. "The chicken, dog and even worm babies that we submitted to the test as a control group all had enough sense to come in from the rain or, at least, seek shelter under a leafy clump of vegetation or outcropping of rock," test supervisor Thomas Howell said. "The human babies, on the other hand, could not grasp even this incredibly basic concept, instead merely lying on the ground and making gurgling noises." According to Howell, almost 60 percent of the infants tested in this manner eventually drowned. Some of the babies tested were actually so stupid that they choked to death on pieces of Micronaut space toys. Others, unable to use such primitive instruments as can openers and spoons due to insufficient motor skills, simply starved to death, despite being surrounded by cabinets full of nutritious, life-giving Gerberbrand baby-food products. Babies, the study concluded, are also too stupid to do the following: avoid getting their heads trapped in automatic car windows; use ice to alleviate the pain of burn injuries resulting from touching an open flame; master the skills required for scuba diving; and use a safety ladder to reach a window to escape from a room filled with cyanide gas. "As a mother of four, I find these results very disheartening," Bentley told reporters. "I can honestly say that the effort I have expended trying to raise my children into intelligent beings may have been entirely wasted, a fool's dream, if you will." Study results also prompted a strong reaction from President Clinton. "All of us, on some primitive, mammalian level, feel a great sense of pride in our offspring," Clinton said. "It is now clear, however, that these feelings are unfounded. Given the overwhelming evidence of their profound stupidity, we have no choice but to replace our existing infant population with artificially incubated simu-drones, with the eventual goal of phasing out the shamefully stupid human baby forever." - The Onion Discussion Forum Rubric Initial Post Excellent Good Poor 60 Points 50 Points 35 Points • • • • • • Response to Another #1 Response to Another #2 Original insightful thought, with full development and explanation (usually requiring a 200-300 word paragraph) Provides clear evidence of critical thinking / analysis, often providing examples or evidence Responses have connection to reading, personal experiences, or prior knowledge No grammatical, spelling or typographical errors • • • Substantial content, with some development and explanation Could have more evidence or examples Minimal connection to reading, personal experiences, etc. Minimal grammatical, spelling or typographical errors • • • • Superficial or minimal content Ideas not well developed or supported Lack of insightful discussion Responses do not contribute to new ideas Comments limited without elaboration 20 Points 15 Points 10 Points • • • Response #1 to another student’s post is well-developed and provides clear evidence of critical thinking with no grammatical, spelling or typographical errors Response #1 to another student’s post is less developed with minor grammatical, spelling or typographical errors Response #1 to another student’s post is not developed and /or has grammar, spelling and typo errors 20 Points 15 Points 10 Points • • • Response #2 to another student’s post is well-developed and provides clear evidence of critical thinking with no grammatical, spelling or typographical errors Response #2 to another student’s post is less developed with minor grammatical, spelling or typographical errors Response #1 to another student’s post is not developed and /or has grammar, spelling and typo errors
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Running head: BABIES ARE STUPID

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Babies are Stupid
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BABIES ARE STUPID

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Babies are Stupid

Numerous psychologists and theorists have held, rendering to the set idea of question that
infant and young kids are fundamentally unreasonable and incompetent of thinking rationally,
and cannot make up a plan on their own. Nonetheless, numerous studies have reveal...


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