Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults' faces

With caregivers' faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they'd normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.

Lisa S. Scott, Professor in Psychology, University of Florida • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: children speech child-development babies research face-masks eyes faces teachers eeg brain-development early-learning language-development pre-kindergarten educators policy-makers infants daycare eye-tracking-technology childcare-policy

Humanizing the coronavirus as an invisible enemy is human nature

Thinking of SARS-CoV-2 as an invisible enemy with an evil personality and humanlike motivations is a natural offshoot of the way people evolved to anthropomorphize so as not to overlook threats.

Stewart Guthrie, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Fordham University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus anthropology sars-cov-2 viruses cognitive-science faces anthropomorphism david-hume cognitive-psychology

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