London: Babies have a conscious experience of the world and are capable of storing memories from as early as five-months-old, a new study has claimed.Babies have long been considered as beings with limited skills and behaviours that are principally automatic and of a reflex type, and are not accompanied by a subjective conscious experience.Scientists at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, working in collaboration with scientists from NeuroSpin (Inserm/CEA) have now shown that as from an age of 5 months, infants are endowed with form of consciousness similar to that seen in adults.Scientists used an alternative approach which consisted in determining whether the neural markers of consciousness seen in adults might also be present in babies.Recent research in adults has revealed a two-stage response by the brain to the perception of an external event.
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