Study: Talking to the womb may have effects

August 27, 2013 7:29:01 PM PDT
Some expectant parents talk to their baby in the womb, not knowing if it makes a difference. But according to a new study, it may.

Finnish researchers followed 33 women from their 29th week of pregnancy until birth.

Half of the mothers played recordings of the made-up word: ta-ta-ta.

After the babies were born, only infants exposed to the recordings had strong reactions to the word, suggesting the fetal brain is capable of auditory learning prior to birth.

This study is published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."


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