Baby steps to help study

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RESEARCHERS are recruiting baby boffins to help discover how they learn about life.

Durham University will look at how their brains react when they do something for themselves or see someone else do a task first, as well as discover how they learn as part of the study.

It is hoped this will help them find how autism develops and spot it at a younger age.

While there is no cure, intervention can help.

Experts are searching for at least 40 babies, aged up to 10 weeks, to take part in the tests, such as walking in a bath.

The infants stay with their parents at all times, with the results to be compared to babies who have had no experience of tasks to see if this makes a difference in how they learn about others.

The babies will not be tested for autism and none of the experiments will be invasive or painful.

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