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Babies and I-function

Whether babies have an I-function when born leaves me thinking yes and no. In the beginning of the semester we talked about babies carrying out the experiment for hunger. Cry someone comes and gives a bottle, cry again and they maybe perform another task. This makes me think that babies at some point realize and can claim to feel hunger. Also when babies are first born they are slapped on the butt and then cry. Now is this because of pain or does this act allow for any fluid that was initially clogging vocal passages to be unclogged and the sound waves are no longer blocked? I ask this because I routinely observe younger cousins who will fall or bump into something but not cry or fuss until attention is brought to it. Based on these observations I would say that babies are not born with an I-function and become aware of certain pains, etc. through some what learned behavior.


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