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Study: Infants may be more perceptive than we think

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 13, 2014 in Science
According to a new study babies can recognize not only new objects but new paths taken by objects. For example a 10-month-old child can notice when objects such as tables move unnaturally.
Previously scientists believed that object permanence in children was a cut-and-dry topic. Now new information has come to light about how simply registering new experiences with motion can stand out in a baby's mind.
Researchers used computer models of real-world events such as buses and tables jumping over a wall to interest infants. During the study they constantly watched the children for any behavioral changes. Readers who regularly study papers can check the findings here.
According to their report these children had notable changes in their reaction to new experiences. Infants reportedly even noticed pattern changes between objects they had seen before. Babies tended to look longer at patterns of movement which they have not experienced. Scientists are calling this a "visual habituation paradigm". Previous studies note that this plays an important part in the development of infants across many species.
Findings such as these mirror ones published on sites such as the Tech Times. While memory is not their strong suit babies and possibly even fetuses have significant ability to recognize and perceive changes. Evidence is clear; infants are highly perceptive, more so than we ever thought.
According to previous findings there may also be a natural reason for this behavior. While our knowledge on children is not complete we do know that early stages of development are the most important ones. Since the brain is better able to take in information it is a beneficial behavior to constantly take in new information.
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