There have been speculations galore about the fact that the game Peek-a-boo is among the favorites of babies. The researchers have finally come out with the secret about the game and why babies adore it. The researchers have also found out that the game will help the children to grow and help them in giving up the fear of being away from their mother. Some of the experts are of the belief that the game appeals to the kids a lot because it makes them feel they are invisible. The theories are multiple but in the coming sections, we will reveal all the secrets about the game that you ever wanted to peek into.
Calling Peek-a-boo as the favorite game among babies is an understatement. It is literally loved by the kids and scientists have finally come out with the reasons for the same. They have reported that as the children grow, this game can help them develop key skills required for each child. The researchers are of the belief that the young children can be taught to stay away from their mother through this game.
This game also makes some of the kids feel that they are invisible and as judged by the Swiss developmental psychologist Jean Peaget, it is “object permanence”. The babies are in the evolving phase and they take as many as 2 years to develop that technique on the whole. The research has also showed important results on how vital the voice of parents is. A lot of research projects have been launched to study the game in the last few months but nothing could be materialized before the latest study that revealed out the truth about the game.
At the University of Cambridge, James Russell who led the team of researchers believes that children are attracted to the game because of its thought on children about being invisible. The research team started with the project by collecting the groups of three and four year old kids. These children were asked to cover their eyes using masks and were asked if they could be spotted by the researchers and most of them replied by stating “no”. There were some children who held the view that the researchers could not spot even the adults who sported an eye mask. This made the team conclude that if the eyes of the children are covered, it leads them to think of self as invisible.
The researchers then tried to dig into the concept of invisibility that is thought of by the children. The concept that the scientists wanted to understand was that the children were feeling invisible because the other person could not spot their eyes or it’s just because they were not able to see what so ever. To solve this purpose, the kids were distributed mirrored glasses so that whenever the kids wore glasses, no one could spot their eyes. Out of the 37 participants, 7 of them held the belief that while they could see, no one could spot their eyes. Six of those children believed that the researchers could not spot them only because their eyes were covered.
When the kids were prompted to explain the reason behind being invisible only due to the hiding of their eyes, most of them were aware of the fact that their bodies were visible to the researchers. Hence, it was concluded that the kids connect the other humans and their own body with the help of eyes.
The researchers wanted to test the theory that kids believe to be seen only via their eyes, they gave a strong glare to each of the kids and asked them to turn away their glare. The same process was repeated in the reverse order while the kids looked at researchers diverting their eyes. In both the cases, the majority of the kids held the view that they were not being seen as long as their eyes did not make a contact with the other person’s eyes.
According to the experts, the game helps phenomenally in the overall development of a child. One more experiment was performed by Gerrod Parrott and Henry Gleitman in order to find out the key to the popular game. The expectation roles among infants were noted while smiling, laughing, raising the eyebrow during the game.
The research team came up with a couple of experiments to try and test the children by the reappearance in several places and letting strangers appear while the children removed their hands. The kids of all age groups were found smiling less when the reappearances were switched. The difference in the study varied with age though.
The findings of the study clearly suggest that the infants who are as young as 7 months expect something about their identity and also note the location of the person who returns. These expectations contribute largely to the success of the game peek-a-boo. The children in this age group are not fond of deviations from their expectations and this behavior changes when we age more and more.