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Babies thinking in the womb


Babies remember things spoken to them while in the womb.

Babies remember things spoken to them while in the womb.

Researchers from the University of Helsinki discovered unborn children actually remember words spoken before they were born. The study indicated babies are thinking and retaining information much earlier than previously thought.

Because the sound processing part of a baby’s brain develops in the third trimester (starting at 28 weeks), researchers decided to test how much is going on in a babies brain prior to birth.

To do this, they had a number of mothers play a recording to their babies a few months prior to birth. It was a simple made-up word “tatata.”

If the mothers played the word as much as requested, the select babies would have heard this word approximately 25,000 times before birth.

After the babies were born, the researchers played the sound again to the test babies and as well a group who had not heard the word. This time they used electroencephalography (EEG) to test the babies’ brain patterns. They found babies who had repeatedly heard the word had neural signals indicating recognition while those babies that hadn’t heard it showed no recognition. The study also showed the more the word was played, the greater the recognition.

A similar study conducted in 1988 showed babies recognized the theme music of their mother’s favourite soap opera.

Another study revealed babies also pick up dialects in the womb and actually cry with the accent of their mother right after birth. According to an article in Scientific American, researchers found “French infants wail on a rising note [baby cry sound] while the Germans favor a falling melody [baby cry sound]. Those patterns match the rhythms of their native languages.”

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139: 13

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  1. Dean, you have a lovely blog and need for a bigger audience. When I started, someone shared this with me. When someone visits your blog follow them. They will probably reciprocate. Also go to READER in WordPress and type in tags such as Christianity, faith etc and similar blogs will pop up , like, follow and comment. They will do the same for you. Also are you using Tags (on right) when you post? Also use category. Blessings to you.

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      • I hear you! When we were in India, one of the sweet, patient , smart students got me started. Ask questions, and I will try to answer . I have had people help me, so I like to pass on the kindness! Namaste. . . . Blessings . . . .

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  2. Pingback: Stunning photos of baby Nathan, miscarried at 14 weeks, prove the humanity of the unborn | All you would like to know about God!

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