Most babies take their first steps sometime between 9 and 12 months and are walking well by the time they're 14 or 15 months old. Ten-week-old babies can learn from practising walking months before they begin walking themselves say researchers. They gave the infants experience at "reflex walking" which is a primitive instinct in babies which disappears around 12 weeks of age. When held by an adult at a slightly forward angle, and with the soles of their feet touching a flat surface, the infants will reflexively walk by placing one foot in front of the other. ‘Ten-week-old babies can learn from practising walking months before they begin walking themselves.’ Psychologists at Lancaster University gave this "reflex walking" experience to one half of a group of 10 week old infants, who took an average of 23 steps in 3 minutes. The other half of the group did not share in the experience of walking. The researchers showed film of human figures walking and crawling to both groups of infants as they sat on their mothers' laps in a dimly lit room. They then measured how the infants responded to this visual information by recording electrical activity in their brains. Only the brains of the infants who had experienced "reflex walking" were able to recognise the same movement in the film of figures walking. Their response was more similar to that of older children learning to walk rather than babies from younger ages. The group of infants who had not practised "reflex walking" did not show this more mature brain activity but they may have recognised filmed crawling movement. Psychologist Professor Vincent Reid said the research showed a link between perceiving an action and carrying out that action even in early infancy. "This result strongly suggests that experience refines the perception of biological motion during early infancy. "The act of walking has therefore shifted the percept of biological motion for those infants who had experienced self produced stepping behaviour. This suggests that the limited period of experience altered the infant's perception of walking, indicating a link between action perception and action production in early infancy.Source: Eurekalert << Use of Hookahs and Regular Cigarettes Declining Some Brains Have Natural Advantage to Meet Switching Demands >> Recommended Reading Osteogenesis Imperfecta Encyclopedia section of Medindia gives general info about Osteogenesis Imperfecta READ MORE Baby Food - Basics The healthiest baby foods can be made at home. Products from big brands that claim to develop infants' health in a variety of ways are no match for nutritious home-made preparations. READ MORE Choanal Atresia Choanal atresia is a congenital condition in which respiratory function is impeded because of an obstruction of the nasal passage with abnormal skeletal and tissue growth. READ MORE Hydrocephalus Hydrocephalus is an accumulation of the cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Genetic abnormalities and infections are the main causes, which are treated with shunts. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Interaction Checker Blood - Sugar Chart Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?