Experiencing diverse communities by hearing different languages at the park, on a bus or in the grocery store may make babies more open-minded in their social learning, a new study finds.

While previous research has shown that direct interactions with parents and caregivers shape early cognitive development, the influence of the broader community beyond those direct experiences has not been as carefully examined. In a new study published by the journal CognitionUniversity of Chicago Psychology Department researchers investigated whether the variety of languages in infants’ neighborhoods affects their willingness to learn from people who are different from them.

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