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positive reinforcement for babies

spectroscopy teether detects cortisol, or IR thermography of face determines happiness; pick up the baby and do activities when it is in a good mood!
 
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It occurred to me that from what I have read of babies, behavioral psychology reinforcement comes mainly from distress. When they cry you pick them up, feed them, or change their diapers.

What if you could find out when a baby was in a particularly good mood, say top 20% and then cuddle it, or perhaps practice holding up its hands and toddling? the baby might then associate good things with feeling good. it could be a new frontier in child raising.

Determining a baby's mood could come from a teether that does raman spectroscopy (i have read about small optical torus assemblies that do this) or possibly truth detector technology, like Anbar's patent on using a digital thermography camera to detect stress.

Baby monitors could tell you the mood of your baby, so you could rush in when it was very happy and play with it!

Of course you would continue to respond to your baby when it was distressed,

The core idea might be little new: find the happiest times, then interact more, possibly improving development and learning. This could also lead parents to enjoy their children even more.

beanangel, Jun 04 2018

30 millimeter raman spectroscopy http://www.spectros...-raman-spectrometer
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       [beany], it's good that you're thinking about this kind of stuff, but you do realize that your robot girlfriend is very unlikely to get pregnant?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 04 2018
  

       Technically I know positive reinforcement is giving them a treat after a shapeable preferred behavior, but you get the idea.
beanangel, Jun 04 2018
  

       ... mood diaper ?
FlyingToaster, Jun 04 2018
  

       From the title, we thought this would be some sort of cybernetic reinforcement of the immature skeleton.
8th of 7, Jun 04 2018
  

       Don’t they get this just by attention? Then they grow up to require more attention? Then they discover twitter.
Ian Tindale, Jun 04 2018
  

       Do you realize that it's an essential part of human development to be given attention as a baby when you're distressed? To be taught that when you cry someone will care for you? Do you realize that and you intentionally created a horrible idea or are you an alien?
Voice, Jun 04 2018
  

       [voice] You would still attend to the baby when it was distressed!   

       I am almost distressed that this could be interpreted that way, so I made an edit.   

       The idea is a little new: find the happiest times, then interact more, possibly improving development and learning. This could also lead parents to enjoy their children even more.
beanangel, Jun 04 2018
  

       // lead parents to enjoy their children even more //   

       <baffled stare/>   

       Is that not what nannies, au-pairs, governesses and other domestic staff are for ?   

       It is almost as if you are suggesting something more than the absolute minimum of contact with offspring. No good purpose can be served by this. However, the Australians have made huge advances in this area; very few of them know who their male parent is.   

       // Do you realize that it's an essential part of human development to be given attention as a baby when you're distressed? //   

       It is ? Really ? Who knew, huh ?   

       // To be taught that when you cry someone will care for you? //   

       Someone will care enough to jab you with an electric shock probe, then administer a long-acting sedative via a dart gun.   

       // Do you realize that and you intentionally created a horrible idea or are you an alien? //   

       Definitely not an alien. Wierd, misguided, surreal, left-field - yes. But alien ? Definitely not. Trust us on this. 46 Chromosomes, all present and correct ... confirmed human. All your fault, homo sapiens, no-one else to blame.
8th of 7, Jun 04 2018
  

       In my mind, this is staging the positive which makes gaining a human experience harder to achieve in the real of the moment.   

       [beanangel] Look all around at 'design'. At all levels including this level. Is this really a good idea?
wjt, Jun 05 2018
  

       If it had said "find happy babies. Make them even happier" and "happy babies might like new activities more because they are already happy; new learning could result" It might have gotten better reception.   

       The other thing of course is testing! Do this with ten or twenty babies and see how the babies and parents feel about it.
beanangel, Jun 05 2018
  

       The parents will be happy if you simply take the babies far away, and keep them.   

       There is nothing even remotely interesting or attractive about human infants. They are nearly as repulsive as kittens, and worse, it seems to be frowned upon if you put them in a sack with a brick and drop them into deep, cold water.
8th of 7, Jun 05 2018
  

       [8th], it may shock to you know that your own parents are not representative of the general population. Some of your peers were perhaps even allowed on the furniture.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 05 2018
  

       I think 8th should have a bunch of borg babies. It would do him some good.
RayfordSteele, Jun 05 2018
  

       ... but the successive cesarians would void the warranty on his implants.
pertinax, Jun 05 2018
  

       One of my brothers-in-law had this rule for crying babies:   

       If you're crying because you're hot, cold, hungry or dirty, then the nearest parent can and should intervene promptly and fix the problem. If it's creeping existential horror, then you're on your own.   

       His children have turned out pretty well so far.
pertinax, Jun 05 2018
  

       Thankfully their mother was also around.   

       Cesarean? What is this, the dark ages? I would think they'd put that transporter to good use.
RayfordSteele, Jun 06 2018
  
      
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