Skip to comments.Study reveals newborns recall words heard in utero
Posted on 08/28/2013 4:54:37 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
The little human being living inside a pregnant mother turns out to be a lot more capable than previously known. Kathy Drummond describes the research that led to the startling finding that newborns can recall words they heard in the womb in The Verge:
...new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.
In a study out of the University of Helsinki that builds on previous investigations, a team used EEG scans on 33 newborn babies to reach that conclusion. Their research started, however, when those infants were still in the womb: moms-to-be in their third trimester were divided into two groups, with only one group listening to repeating sequences of a nonsensical word ("tatata"). Occasionally, the word would be delivered with a subtle tweak in pronunciation or tone. In all, some study participants listened to that same word a whopping - and probably insufferable - 25,000 times.
Five days following birth, the team played those same recordings to each newborn. Babies who'd been exposed to the sounds in-utero showed a specific pattern of enhanced brain activity when they heard the word, as well as a reaction known as "a mismatch response" when they heard the altered version of "tatata." These reactions, researchers suggest, indicate a recollection of the word and its conventional delivery. "Once we learn a sound, if it's repeated to us often enough, we form a memory of it, which is activated when we hear the sound again," Eino Partanen, a cognitive neuroscientist and the study's lead author, told Science. "This leads us to believe that the fetus can learn much more detailed information than we previously thought."
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yes we can .. yes we can .. yes we can .. yes we can .. yes we can .. yes we can .. yes we can .. yes we can ..
“yes we can... yes we can”
No we can’t... Honey, I’m pregnant.
Many years ago there was research showing that newborn babies respond more to their parents language than to foreign languages. The conclusion was that the unborn baby was accustomed to the rhythms of outside speech, in spite of having heard it only in very muffled form.
The original study was doen with French and Russian, both Indo-European languages. Probably the effect would be greater if comparing more dissimilar languages, such as English and Chinese.
Does this strike any one else as child abuse? Of course babies hear in utero - why wouldn't they? I wonder what the long term effect of in utero torture will be on those kids.
Has Planned Unparenthood denounced this study yet?
L. Ron Hubbard told us this decades ago.
Ain't goin' there ... nope ... not me ... perhaps another brave soul ....
When you hear, ‘tatata’ ... you shoot ... got it ?
So did Pavlov.
My obstetrician told me this when I was pregnant with my first child in 1959.