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Touch: Can Distinguish between Lumpy and Smooth Objects with Mouth (1-7 Months)

Within their first few months, babies can integrate some types of sensory information. One experiment showed that babies can match the information they receive through their mouths (touch) with visual information. For example, researchers gave two groups of babies one of two pacifiers to suck on. One of the pacifiers had a bumpy surface, while the other was smooth. The babies never saw the pacifiers; they only felt them in their mouths. Later, the researcher let the babies look at (but not touch) bumpy and smooth objects to see where the babies looked. The babies looked longer at the object that was the same shape as the one they had sucked, showing they could distinguish between the lumpy and smooth objects with their mouths.


Meltzoff, A. N., & Borton, R. W. (1979). Intermodal matching by human neonates. Nature, 282, 403