The latest neuroscience suggests that all the enrichment the human infant needs is built into the everyday experience of your average baby—and that instead of being a tabula rasa waiting passively to be filled up by adults, babies are programmed to seek out the input needed to build their brains. That is why mankind managed successfully to rear children for thousands of years without electronic mobiles and Baby Einstein DVDs. What about those clever rats raised in enriched environments? Well, before you race off to fill up the nursery with flash cards and plasma screens, consider the least reported finding from that research: no amount of enrichment ever produced rats with better brains than those raised in nature.
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