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Babies Can Tell Face-Like Images Inside the Womb

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Parents may have noticed that their babies were often more fascinated with faces than with human objects, researchers did too. But new research shows that facial recognition for babies actually starts in the womb–as early as the 34th week of pregnancy.

Researchers have known that fetuses can distinguish between different shapes in the womb, but this facial recognition is a new discovery.

How were they able to show a fetus these images? They projected light images through the uterine wall in dozens of pregnant women. The fetuses were more likely to turn their heads to face-like images opposed to any other shape.

The study also shows that baby have enough light to have visual experiences inside the womb–another scientific revelation.

To read more about the study, please visit “Babies’ Fascination With Faces May Start in the Womb.”

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