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    Hi Guys

    I wanted to know, when a baby is born can he/she hear and see? Or does that develop of the weeks/months?


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    Iím sure they can see and hear, although they may not be conscious that they are seeing and hearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneBennet
    Iím sure they can see and hear, although they may not be conscious that they are seeing and hearing.
    But i remember hearing somewhere that they cannot see for afew weeks.. dont remember where.
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    Newborns hear just fine, they are born with perfectly functioning eyes also, but they're depth perception is very limited, basically they are born with the ability to determine things that are right infront of their face, their ability to interpret what they see increases with age.

    Their hearing begins to function a few weeks before birth even, thus why music during pregnancy, and talking to the unborn baby have been shown to have positive effects on development.

    All this info is from the wiki page on newborns .
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    no,babies can only hear but not see for a few months(less then 3 i think). so they only recognise others by listening. as i know,they know their mother through the sense of smelling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Newborns hear just fine, they are born with perfectly functioning eyes also, but they're depth perception is very limited, basically they are born with the ability to determine things that are right infront of their face, their ability to interpret what they see increases with age.

    Their hearing begins to function a few weeks before birth even, thus why music during pregnancy, and talking to the unborn baby have been shown to have positive effects on development.

    All this info is from the wiki page on newborns .
    And this information seems to correspond with my memory. maybe it is therefore better to disregard the notions put forward by other people.

    Having had babies myself the official information also corresponds to my experience, besides the womb hearing data. I couldn't test that.
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    They are born with hearing though no conscious understanding of what they hear of course. A mother's voice, hearbeat and breathing sooth them as they associate it with happier times.

    It's important to know newborns rotate through characteristic survival & housekeeping modes, just one of which is fully receptive to sensory input. This is the alert mode when they silently gaze around in wonderment, and it's crucial to good bonding, both ways. The alert newborn doesn't see much better than a slug though. The behaviour is largely for the parent's benefit :wink: . The newborn does lock in on characteristic "face" shapes and learning facial recognition is the newborn's chief visual pursuit. Most newborns do read certain facial expressions and will try to mimic, but their voluntary control of facial muscles is still primitive. A cool trick: when the newborn "locks", stick out your tongue. Often babies just a day old will respond in kind!

    The newborn has other working senses too. Sense of vibration is relatively well developed, so rocking a baby in perfect match to mother's pelvic gait (faster and bouncier than you might think) soothes most babies very well. Hard little stroller wheels plus rough sidewalks nearly always put babies to sleep and the top of a jolting clothes drier is parent's secret weapon of the early morning.

    Possibly the most acute sense in newborns is of the internal organs. A wise and introspective look in newborns usually forebodes something coming out one end of the digestive tract, which they are trying to master. They push the food this way and that, experimentally. A newborn defeated in this area may become colicy and sadly deprived of normal cycles, as all their attention for hours and hours is on the horrible strong pulsating feelings in their guts. In any case we learn to eat and excrete involuntarily long before we're ready to use a potty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pong
    They are born with hearing though no conscious understanding of what they hear of course. A mother's voice, hearbeat and breathing sooth them as they associate it with happier times.
    I think you just contradicted yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danieltan
    no,babies can only hear but not see for a few months(less then 3 i think)
    They're not kittens.

    Human infants can see from birth. They just have pretty limited range. About a foot and a half in front of their faces is all they can focus on initially. That said, it's about all they really need at that stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    Quote Originally Posted by Pong
    They are born with hearing though no conscious understanding of what they hear of course. A mother's voice, hearbeat and breathing sooth them as they associate it with happier times.
    I think you just contradicted yourself.
    If we were talking about a neural network AI you'd see no contradiction though, right?

    "Consciousness" in newborns operates at a much "lower level" than adults, so the term is maybe inappropriate. They are feeling out and mapping nerves of the fingers, diaphragm, tongue, etc. Especially that newly fired-up digestive tract. On the other hand this, to the newborn, is "high level" stuff. Later, developing consciousness will have moved so far beyond that it can hardly look back and imagine.

    I see consciousness as the leading edge of mind. Image the action of a loom shuttle, or the point where spider's web is being made, you'll get the picture. We once consciously learned to tie our shoelaces. Is that conscious now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pong
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pong
    They are born with hearing though no conscious understanding of what they hear of course. A mother's voice, hearbeat and breathing sooth them as they associate it with happier times.
    I think you just contradicted yourself.
    If we were talking about a neural network AI you'd see no contradiction though, right?
    yes, since a baby is a neural network AI.
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    Well I guess how conscious newborns are is debatable, and loaded.
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    Not really since consciousness is gradual. Once you except that there is no problem any more.
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    you all seem to be calling babies "they" as if babies are some kind of alien monster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manadude2
    you all seem to be calling babies "they" as if babies are some kind of alien monster.
    You're prefer "we"? The differences extend beyond the very obvious.
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