Understanding brain tuning in babies

Baby brains are tuned to the specific actions of others
October 30th, 2013 in Neuroscience

Excerpt: “The neural system of babies directly connects them to other people, which jump-starts imitation and social-emotional connectedness and bonding. Babies look at you and see themselves.”

My comment: Human babies, like all infant mammals, smell you and innately recognize self vs non-self differences that directly effect hormones that organize the brain and activate it via olfactory/pheromonal input that affects behavior associated with visual, auditory, and tactile input. Brain tuning is a function of odors.

The idea that babies look at you and see themselves may be the most ridiculous misrepresentation of cause and effect ever touted in the context of cognitive neuroscience. It has led to other ridiculous misrepresentations of cause and effect such as the snake-centric theory of human evolution that has taken the scientifically illiterate media by storm during the past few days.

Panksepp said it best: “…the social brain has many levels. If you don’t understand the foundational level, then you can do brain imaging until you’re blue in the face, but you still will not understand the process at a deep causal level.”

See also the award-winning publications in Neuroendocrinology Letters from more than a decade ago:

Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology (2001) Kohl et al
Comparative approaches in evolutionary psychology: molecular neuroscience meets the mind (2002) Panksepp et al

About James V. Kohl 1308 Articles
James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society