HealthDay News is reporting on a new study from Goldsmiths, University of London, exploring the idea of sensory perception in infants. The main question researcher Andrew Bremner was looking to answer was whether or not infants aged 4 to 6 months could tell where a touch was coming from.
“‘We think [this means] that before around 6 months of age, human babies perceive touches just on their bodies, and not in the external world. If one tries to imagine what this must be like — it’s a bit of a dizzying idea,’ Bremner said.”
Essentially, infants can not relate touch to their other senses, what they see, smell, and taste. It remains just a feeling on their body, nothing more. This study will continue to examine the sensory perception of infants by asking “how and why infants develop a sense of themselves in the world.”