Alison Gopnik is a researcher at UC Berkley in California, and has been pioneering groundbreaking studies on infant and toddler development for the last 20 years. Her work has brought to light something that those of us who work with children aged infant – preschool have understood for awhile – that babies and young children are capable of so much more than we might think! “Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species,” says Professor Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
Here is a link to the full video of her TED Talk! https://www.ted.com/talks/alison_gopnik_what_do_babies_think