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At just six months old, babies can already learn, remember, and use contextual cues in a scene to help them find faces and other objects of visual interest, a new study suggests.
“It was pretty surprising to find that six-month-olds were capable of this memory-guided attention,” says lead author Kristen Tummeltshammer, a postdoctoral scholar at Brown University. “We didn’t expect them to be so successful so young.”
In an experiment, babies showed steady improvement in finding faces in repeated scenes, but didn’t get any quicker or more accurate in finding faces in new scenes.