Sensory development refers to the maturing and advancement of the visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, and tactile senses, which begins in utero. Sensory development includes sensory integration, the receiving of input from the senses then responding appropriately. With the exception of sight, most of our senses are fairly well developed at the time of birth, as development begins in utero. The input from the senses is crucial, as they allow newborns to learn about the environment. The intensity of responses and attention to each sensory modality is unique to each individual. During the first months of life, the senses work together dynamically to learn about the world. This entry focuses on the typical development and characteristics of the five senses and how they are linked to ...

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