Studying Body Maps in Infant Brains
For more than half a century, scientists have studied how the surface of the body is mapped in parts of the brain associated with touch.
That research has focused largely on “body maps” that show how certain parts of the brain correspond point-for-point with the body’s topography.
These body maps have been studied extensively in adult humans and other primates, but how they develop in babies, and how they relate to other aspects of infant development, have been little understood.
Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
(I-LABS) are among the first scientists worldwide to study body maps in the infant brain.
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