A recent study has found that not only do babies look for faces as soon as they are born, but when in the womb, they also turn to follow face-like shapes.
Vincent Reid of Lancaster University in the UK noted that it is already known that fetuses can see, but so far no one had displayed visual information to the fetus and received a response.
Three red dots were shined through the mother’s abdomen in the third trimester. When the dots were placed in a shape to resemble two eyes and a mouth, the team recorded 40 occasions where the fetus tracked the pattern’s movement.
Read more about this study in this New Scientist article: