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October 2, 2015
Q. How early do we humans begin forming our “first impressions”? What are they likely to be?
A. Going by recent research, “the fetus uses its budding brain and senses to learn about itself and the outside world well before birth,” says Ferris Jabr in Scientific American magazine. In one classic drawing, a fetus at 27 weeks is shown sucking one thumb and using its other hand to grasp onto the umbilical cord. In fact, as early as seven weeks after fertilization, fetuses start to move, swinging their umbilical cords, climbing the walls of the amniotic sac and sticking their limbs in their mouth. Their coordination improves as they grow.
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