It may not be the most stylish outfit for a five month old boy, but Ricky Kimber is taking part in a unique experiment that could help stop how autism develops.

The measurements taken from the sensor filled cap will tell scientists how babies learn from seeing other people do things.

It is hoped the study at Durham University will provide a better understanding of how babies learn from a young age and will give clues about how autism develops.

The university is hoping to recruit at least 40 babies, aged up to 10 weeks, for the tests.

The babies, who will stay with their parents at all times, will ‘walk’ in a small bath using their ‘walk reflex’.

They will then watch moving computer images of people walking while their brain activity is being monitored which will show the researchers how the babies’ brains react to seeing someone walking.

This will be compared to babies who have had no experience of ‘walking’ and see if this has made any difference to how babies learn about other people.

The tests are harmless, painless and non-invasive and none of the infants will be medically tested for autism.
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