|Babies recognize objects from pictures by 9 months. (Fotolia) |
Babies understand the connection between pictures and real objects by the time they are nine months old, a new study has found.
"Well before their first birthdays and their first words, babies are capable of learning about the real world indirectly from picture books, at least those that have very realistic images like photographs," researcher Jeanne Shinskey said in a press release.
The researchers say the findings demonstrate "experience with a picture of something can strengthen babies' ideas of an object so they can maintain it after the object disappears — so out of sight is not out of mind."
The study appears in the journal Child Development.
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