It is quite amusing to the adult when a baby realizes he or she has hands or feet. They will take their hand and put it several inches away from their face and just stare at their fingers moving. Later they will take their feet and move them up to their mouth. If you look at the simple movements from a babies perspective everything would seem rather magical. . Imagine a hand just appearing in front of your face. You do not know why it is there. Suddenly the fingers move on their own! Whoa!
Andrew Bremner conducted a study on this very thing and what he found out was rather fascinating.
Bremner interprets the results to mean that young babies don’t link the outside visual world to their own bodies yet. Instead, they exist in a state he calls “tactile solipsism,” in which the only thing young babies know about touch is the sensation on the skin, not who or what is causing it. “Your bodily world would be almost completely separate from your visual world,” he says.
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