Visual Face-preference in the Human Fetus?

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A new born baby yawning.
Newborns can recognize faces, but are they born with that skill? (image credit: Unsplash/Tim Bish).

It has been shown in previous studies that newborn babies are able to recognize a "face-like" stimulus, indicating a baby is able to recognize a face very quickly. Here's a new study that seems to indicate the babies are able to do in utero as well. This would mean that the ability to recognize faces is built into the human brain.

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Visual Face-preference in the Human Fetus?
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