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Clear limits to a baby’s view of the world

Young babies’ views of the world are far more basic than many believe. A new three-year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council suggests that babies are not born with as much innate knowledge of the world as some current studies suggest. “A great deal is claimed about what young babies know about the world but our findings favour a much more cautious approach,” states researcher Professor Gavin Bremner of the University of Lancaster. His research is published today as part of Social Science week.