Infantile Amnesia In The Film 'Baby Geniuses'

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Infantile amnesia has been studied by many researchers without a concrete answer. The topic has been a significant and mysterious topic not only in the field of research, but also in media such as the film, Baby Geniuses. While there is a more complex story line to the movie, it discusses the idea of infantile amnesia and gives its own perspective as to what occurs during the first couple years of a child’s life. While the movie initiated the thesis behind the essay, the study conducted by researchers Tiffany West and Patricia Bauer aim to explain the differences in early and later memories in hopes of finding an answer to infantile amnesia. The results indicate that there may be a connection between infantile amnesia and Piaget’s stages of…show more content…
What the woman discovers is that infants are born with important knowledge about the world but when they “cross over,” officially known as infantile amnesia, they lose all knowledge and forget the secrets of the universe. When one child escapes from the lab, he finds a family with a child that looks exactly like him and allows the “henchmen” to take the lookalike, called Whit, who later turns out to be his twin, back to the laboratory. The rest of the movie revolves around Sly trying to save his friends from the laboratory. One of the major focuses throughout the movie is the idea that infantile amnesia or what they refer to as “crossing over”, causes the infants to forget about the knowledge they once had of the world thus leading to the examination of the idea throughout this…show more content…
(Bauer, 2004) While there is not one specific theory that is considered the true answer as to why people cannot remember events prior to the age of about three, there are several possible theories. The first theory is associated with Piaget’s stages of development theory, specifically the sensorimotor stage which takes place from birth to about two years of age. This theory will be discussed later in the essay but it involves the fact that during this stage, infants gain all information from their senses (i.e. smell, touch, taste, etc.) but in the subsequent stages later in life they receive and retain information using more complex processes. Therefore, the sensory information is overridden and the memories acquired during the sensorimotor stage are forgotten. The next theory involves memory capabilities. According to a study about memory retention, infants are able to retain information for a few days while at eighteen months can retain information for about three months. (Rovee-Collier and Barr, 2001.) This leads researchers to believe that because information is only retained for a few months and then is lost, that may be the cause of infantile amnesia. Another possible explanation for the phenomenon was suggested by the neurologist, Sigmund Freud who believed that infantile amnesia is caused by the repression of

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