Switching On the Infant Brain

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Science  01 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5437, pp. 59-61
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5437.59

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Babies born with cataracts cannot see well even after these are surgically removed. But within minutes, the infant brain gains the ability to see better (as reported by Maurer et al. ), reflecting the incredible plasticity of the human brain, as explained by Sireteanu in her Perspective. This extreme dependence on sensory input from the outside for proper development also seems to be true for human hearing and for the visual and auditory system in animals.