Origins of human agency discerned in a new study by tracking babies' motions

Updated: Sep 19 2023 4:56PM

New Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) The realisation that one's action is effecting change triggers a "positive feedback", which amplifies the "cause-and-effect relationship" between the organism and their environment, scientists say.

Our behaviour thus transitions from a spontaneous to an intentional one, according to the researchers from the Florida Atlantic University, US.

Choosing human babies as their subjects, they found that when infants' feet were tethered to a crib-mounted baby mobile, infants discovered they could make the mobile move.