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05 November 2010

Brain more developed at birth than thought

Babies are born with an important collection of fully formed brain networks, including introspection, a new study shows, challenging ideas about early brain development.

Babies are born with an important collection of fully formed brain networks, including one linked to introspection, a new study shows.

"Some researchers have said that the default mode network is responsible for introspection - retrieving autobiographical memories and envisioning the future, etc. The fact that we found it in newborn babies suggests that either being a foetus is a lot more fun than any of us can remember - lying there happily introspecting and thinking about the future - or that this theory is mistaken," lead author David Edwards said.

 
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