Babies learn words before birth

Babies learn words before birth

Brain responses suggest infants can distinguish distinct sounds from altered versions

By Laura Sanders, 16:03 PM August 26, 2013

Parents-to-be better watch their language. Babies can hear specific words in the womb and remember them in the days after birth, a new study reports. The results add to the understanding of how the early acoustical environment shapes the developing brain.

Earlier studies have found that fetuses can hear and learn certain sounds. Nursery rhymes, vowel sounds and mothers’ voices can all influence a developing baby. But the new study, published August 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy...

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