Bad news for all you people who think your babies don't have a clue what you're saying: A new study has found that infants as young as six months can understand words being spoken to them. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania conducted two picture tests with infants, using images of food and body parts. In each, they had the caregiver ask the infant where a given object was. They found, in both versions of the test, that the the six- to nine-month-old babies fixed their eyes more on the picture of whatever object was being named than on other objects, suggesting they understood the word being said to them. The babies held similar levels of comprehension up until about 14 months, when their understanding of language increased dramatically. No word on whether these tiny innocent babes can wrap their minds around more complicated concepts like "what the fucking fuck" — so you might still be safe on that kind of stuff until the one-year mark.
6-Month-Old Infants Understand Words [LiveScience]
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