Infants are more likely to learn when paired with another infant as opposed to viewing the lesson alone, according to a new study.
You read that correctly: Infants.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Washington looked at the mechanisms involved in language learning among nine-month-olds, the youngest population known to be studied in relation to on-screen learning.They found neural evidence of early learning among infants who were coupled with a peer, as compared to those infants who viewed the instruction alone.
This study introduces for the first time is that part of the reason we learn better when we learn collaboratively is that a social partner increases arousal, and arousal in turn increases learning. Social partners not only provide information by showing us how to do things, but also provide motivation for learning.The pattern of neural response exhibited by infants in the paired-exposure setting was indicative of more mature brain processing of the sounds and it is likely that they represent the earliest stages of infants’ sound learning.
In current days, when kids go to preschools or daycare, where they are in a group of peers ,they learn very quickly along with other kids which in a way acknowledges this research.
Infants who go to preschool, start developing their language skills very rapidly as compared to the ones who are taken care of at home. They tend to pick up multiple languages at once in a short span of time.