Babies may have basic body perception at birth

By Ashley Yeager, 12:38 PM November 21, 2013

Newborns may enter the world with the basic systems to distinguish their bodies from those of other people.

When 12-hour- to 4-day-old newborns had their cheeks brushed at the same time as an infant in a video they could see, the newborns spent more time looking at the screen. The babies did not look at the screen as long when the image of the other infant appeared upside down.

Because this pattern of behavior also happens in adults who can easily identify themselves, the results suggest that n...

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