Baby going through tunnel
probably thought his entire existence ended
nerdy moment: babies at that age don’t have object permanence. if the object cannot be seen, it does not exist. image how freaked the fuck out you would be if suddenly everything went black - effectively ceasing to exist. the baby’s entire world vanished then came back.
so yeah. he probably did think his entire existence ended.
Yeah, actually research on core knowledge and conceptual development has largely discounted the object permanence account. Babies tend to be much more surprised by violations of physical laws than simply an object being removed and re-appearing. For instance, if a ball rolled behind a screen, children are much more perplexed if it does not re-emerge than when it does.
If the object permanence account were correct, then the opposite should be true. Because the ball supposedly ceases to exist, children shouldn’t be surprised when it does not re-emerge. They should also be surprised when a seemingly new ball emerges from the other side of the screen - “Where did that come from?!”
However the core knowledge suggests children have innate, intuitive understandings of objects and physical law relatively in line with Newtonian physics. Thus, it predicts the opposite - that assuming objects in motion should continue unimpeded, the ball should eventually re-appear from behind the screen. If it does not, that’s surprising. If it does - boring. The evidence currently supports this latter interpretation.
This is not to say that there is no debate around the core knowledge account - there certainly is. But I get really annoyed when people represent watered-down introductory-level psychology as cognitive canon.
This kid is probably just freaked out that the light suddenly disappeared and that it suddenly got loud going through a tunnel. But it’s highly unlikely that he thought everything ceased to exist.