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Infants Love to Watch: The Importance of Visual Learning

Wayne Mitchell
Missouri State University
Wayne Mitchell

At the start of our lives, watching the world around us is usually the beginning of a lifetime of learning.

Wayne Mitchell, an associate professor of psychology at Missouri State University, has spent the better part of his career watching infants look at things. He does this to better understand the ways they gather information and learn.

As he explains, a better understanding of visual learning can be used to design intervention strategies that might benefit infants during the critical early months of life.