Speaking Newborn Is A Reality?

Mother has a tool to induce strong brain reaction



Singing to your fetus during pregnancy can help them to excel linguistically, according to the latest research from the University of Helsinki, published in PLoS ONE.

Half of 24 women in the final trimester of their pregnancies played the melody of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to their fetuses five days a week for the final stages.

Immediately and even four months following birth, the babies who heard the melody in utero had the strongest brain reactions, say researchers from the Academy of Finland's Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research as well as the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki Institute of Behavioural Sciences.

“Even though our earlier research indicated that fetuses could learn minor details of speech, we did not know how long they could retain the information. These results show that babies are capable of learning at a very young age, and that the effects of the learning remain apparent in the brain for a long time,” Eino Partanen, currently finishing his dissertation at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit, told the scientific press.

“This is the first study to track how long fetal memories remain in the brain. The results are significant, as studying the responses in the brain let us focus on the foundations of fetal memory,” added Dr Minna Huotilainen, principal investigator.

Learning songs helps babies learn to talk, the researchers say. They remember; effects last.

References Partanen E, Kujala T, Tervaniemi M, Huotilainen M. Prenatal Music Exposure Induces Long-Term Neural Effects. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8(10): e78946 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078946
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