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What are some things that you read about physical, sensory and perceptual development that you could share with your friend? What about cognitive development?

One example is that research has shown that babies can distinguish their mother's voice from other female's voices as newborns. Therefore it appears that in utero learning may be responsible for a newborn's voice recognition ability. What other things can you find from the text?

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While colors are recognizable in infants, they are also attracted to "sharp outlines as well as light and dark contrast." You may note this if the baby lifts the upper eyelid.

In Robert Fantz' research, babies will demonstrate a wide variety of visual preferences. They tend to look longer or prefer patterned (circles and stripes) over plain surfaces, so it is wise to decorate the room (but not their crib) in circle and stripes.
According to Fantz, babies prefer complex patterns with more elements and curved patterns, the human face, moving objects, and can only see objects approximately 10 inches from their eyes (Fantz, 1963). Visual acuity develops quickly and can see more and more over a few weeks of time and can focus their attention on a moving object and follow it with their eyes. This is called tracking, ...

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What are some things that you read about physical, sensory and perceptual development that you could share with your friend? What about cognitive development?

One example is that research has shown that babies can distinguish their mother's voice from other female's voices as newborns. Therefore it appears that in utero learning may be responsible for a newborn's voice recognition ability. What other things can you find from the text?

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