We know that a newborn (3 days or less) can mimic facial expressions such as tongue protrusion and head movement. This means that the child can detect faces, segment various parts of face like tongue, associate it with its own tongue and similarly detect its head, determine its position with respect to the shoulders and relate it to its own head.

Am I correct in concluding that a newborn's vision is much more advanced than state of art computer vision?


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At birth, visual structures are fully present yet immature in their potentials.

Following are the innate visual abilities of an infant

1. detect changes in brightness, 
2. distinguish between stationary and kinetic objects, 
3. follow kinetic objects in their visual fields. 

However, many of these areas are very poorly developed.

With physical improvements such as

1. increased distances between the cornea and retina, 
2. increased pupil dimensions, 
3. strengthened cones and rods 

an infant's visual ability improves with time.

The neuro- pathway and physical changes that underlie these improvements in vision remains a strong focus in research.

Because of an infant's inability to verbally express their visual field, growing research in this field relays heavy on non-verbal cues including

an infants perceived ability to detect patterns and visual changes. 

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