Babies see it coming

Do newborns just start to crawl once they may be physically in a position to determine danger coming? Or is it that because they’re more cellular, they acquire the aptitude sense looming risk? Their findings1 have just been published online in the Springer journal Naturwissenschaften.

An object on a collision course projects an enlarging picture on the retina, supplying advice the object is approaching and how imminent the risk is. The authors and where, the infant brain procedures and extracts information about upcoming crash.

They employed large-density electroencephalography to measure brain activity in 18 five- to eleven-month old babies, when a developing multi colored dot on a display (the looming stimulus) approached the babies at three different rates. The researchers recorded the gaze of both eyes.

They discovered that babies’ looming-related brain action undoubtedly occurred in the visual cortex. The more mature infants (10 to eleven months outdated) were able to process the information much quicker than the younger babies aged five to seven months. These findings suggest that there are well- established networks for registering at hand collision in 10- to eleven-month olds, although not yet in five- to seven-month olds. For the eight- to nine-month-old babies, they are someplace in between.