"Walking" in the Newborn

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Science  21 Apr 1972:
Vol. 176, Issue 4032, pp. 314-315
DOI: 10.1126/science.176.4032.314


Brief daily exercise of the walking and placing reflexes in the newborn leads to a high rate of responding by 8 weeks and to an earlier onset of walking alone. There appears to be a critical period during which the walking response can be transformed intac from a reflexive to an instrumental action.

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