Touch important for early social cognition

Researchers from University of Washington and Temple University found that a 7-month old baby’s brain responds to others being touched

Utilizing infant magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain imaging the researchers investigated the brain regions that were activated when babies were being touched and when babies observed adults being touched. Although the response was weaker, they found that observed touch stimulates the same brain region as felt touch in babies. The result show how babies can empathize with adults already at 7 months.

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