Baby Tortoises Love Faces, and That’s a Big Deal for Science

Curiosity Daily Oct 29, 2020



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Learn how deliberate practice makes perfect, what the New England Vampire Panic is, and how baby tortoises are attracted to faces from birth.

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Practice Won’t Make Perfect, But Deliberate Practice Might by Ashley Hamer
Scott Barry Kaufman. (2014, July 15). Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect, Studies Find. Scientific American Blog Network.
‌The Making of an Expert. (2007, July). Harvard Business Review.
‌Anders Ericsson, K. (2016, April 10). Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong: Our research was key to the 10,000-hour rule, but here’s what got oversimplified. Salon;
‌Anderson, J. (2017, March 2). How to make your kid good at anything, according to Anders Ericsson, an expert on peak performance and originator of the 10,000-hour rule. Quartz; Quartz.

After the Salem Witch Trials, There Was the New England Vampire Panic by Reuben Westmaas
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Baby tortoises are attracted to faces from birth, which means faces have been important for a long time by Grant Currin
Tortoise hatchlings are attracted to faces from birth. (2020). EurekAlert!
‌Versace, E., Damini, S., & Stancher, G. (2020). Early preference for face-like stimuli in solitary species as revealed by tortoise hatchlings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 202011453.

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