The Problem With Pacifiers

Pacifiers may stunt the emotional development of baby boys by robbing them of the opportunity to try on facial expressions during infancy, according to a new study conducted by psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. According to researchers, humans of all ages often mimic the expressions and body language of the people around them, which can be an important learning tool for babies.

Pacifier Problems


However, with a pacifier in his mouth, a baby is less able to mirror those expressions and the emotions they represent. Researchers found that 6- and 7-year-old boys who spent more time with pacifiers in their mouths as young children were less likely to mimic the emotional expressions of faces peering out from a video, while college-aged males who reported more pacifier use as a kid scored lower than their peers on common tests of perspective-taking, a component of empathy.

University researchers believe that since girls develop earlier in many ways, boys are more susceptible to pacifier use disrupting their use of facial mimicry; more research is reportedly planned to further explain these results.

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