I was looking at a meta-study about development of language and I wondered where the test subjects came from. All I can say is “Oh wow…”
“When Nicolae Ceausescu banned birth control and abortion in 1966 to increase Romania’s population, many overwhelmed parents left children in state institutions. By 1989 this social experiment led to more than 170,000 children living in these facilities18. The institutionalized toddlers did not receive much personal attention and were discouraged from vocalizing. In many instances, these toddlers grew up in environments void of any rich linguistic stimuli. In the 1990s a group of 136 toddlers free of neurological, genetic and other birth defects were randomized and half of them were assigned to a foster care, while the other half remained in such an institution. Because the toddlers were randomly assigned to foster care or to remain in an institution, unlike previous studies, it was possible to show that any differences in development or behavior between the two groups could be attributed to where they were reared”
You’re a sought after individual by some scientist working somewhere. I don’t know how to play match-maker but if I ever catch wind of “upcoming study: looking for…” I’ll pass it on.
I sway back and forth on mirror neurons but I suspect that mine, should they exist, might be malfunctioning / underdeveloped.
If mirror neurons work for music, then I’ve no doubt they exist as I can duplicate anything I hear really well.
But when it comes to faces and other things commonly studied for mirror neurons, it’s as if there’s nothing there.