Few things in life are moredelightful than sharing in the laughter of a baby.
Untilnow, however, psychologists and parenting experts have largely focused onmoments of stress and confusion.
Developmental psychologist Caspar Addymandecided to change that. Since 2012 Caspar has run the Baby Laughterproject, collecting data, videos and stories from parents all over the world. This has provided a fascinating window into what babies are learning and howthey develop cognitively and emotionally.
Deeper than that, he has observedlaughter as the purest form of human connection.
It creates a bond that parentsand infants share as they navigate the challenges of childhood. Moving chronologically through the first twoyears of life, The Laughing Baby explores the origin story for ourincredible abilities.
In the playful daily lives of babies, we find the beginnings of art, science, music andhappiness.
Our infancy is central to what makes us human,and understanding why babies laugh is key to understanding ourselves.