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Netflix ‘Babies’ series features psychology professor Susan Hespos

Susan Hespos, professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is one of 36 world-renowned scientists featured in the upcoming Netflix docu-series “Babies,” a scientific investigation covering the epic journey that babies make from infancy to toddlerhood. The series examines how infants remember objects, learn new words, understand numbers and more. 

“I hope viewers come to appreciate the importance of studying early human development and will participate in research at their local universities,” Hespos said.

Last fall, the docu-series’ production company filmed in Hespos’ Infant Cognition Laboratory on the Evanston campus. Hespos and her lab are featured in the episode “What Babies Know,” which explores core knowledge, including gravity, object permanence and abstract thought. This episode is expected to air in June/July.   

The show, which premiers Feb. 21, was filmed over three years and follows 15 babies from around the world in their early years. A team of scientists from across the globe, including the U.S., France, Israel, Singapore, Canada, Scandinavia and the UK, was involved in the series and look into how babies develop and how they interact with the world and, ultimately, gain their own personality.

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