Babies on the Brink: Do infants learn to fear heights as they learn to crawl?

The folks behind the weekly radio program Science Friday are launching a new series of internet videos: The Macroscope.


Christian Skotte of Science Friday tells us, "The Macroscope will be an ongoing series of cinematic web videos that fascinate, inform, and inspire people about the world around them. We'll feature entertaining true stories that illuminate the project of science and highlight how science research gets done. Our lead video producer wrote about what we're doing, and you can watch our first Macroscope video here."

About that first episode, embedded above:

Since the 1960s, developmental psychologists point to the "Visual Cliff"—an experiment that plops babies on a fake precipice—as proof that infants learn to fear heights as they learn to crawl. Yet, over the past 25 years, a series of rigorous (and adorable) experiments by Karen Adolph of NYU's Infant Action Lab has shattered this myth, revealing that while babies can learn from experiences near high ledges or narrow bridges, it's not a phobia they acquire.