Babies Pay Attention With Down Payment from Immature Brain Region
[Source: Science Daily]
Using an approach that uses fMRI (or functional magnetic resonance imaging) to scan the brains of awake babies, a team of university psychologists show that when focusing their attention infants under a year of age recruit areas of their frontal cortex, a section of the brain involved in more advanced functions that was previously thought to be immature in babies.
Anyone who has watched an infant’s eyes follow a dangling trinket dancing in front of them knows that babies are capable of paying attention with laser focus.
But with large areas of their young brains still underdeveloped, how do they manage to do so?
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