Fetal brain & cognitive development

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    This seemed relevant, given the discussion in another thread
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    Learning seems to start far earlier than we had thought.

    Language learning may start in womb

    From their first days, babies cry dif*fer*ently de*pend*ing on the lan*guage their par*ents speak—show*ing some learn*ing has al*ready started in the womb, ac*cord*ing to a new stu*dy.



    From their first days, new*borns cry dif*fer*ently de*pend*ing on the lan*guage their par*ents speak—show*ing some learn*ing has al*ready started in the womb, ac*cord*ing to a new stu*dy. (Im*age cour*tesy Vt. Dept. of Chil*dren & Fam*ilies)


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    New*borns are cap*able of “dif*fer*ent cry melodies,” and they tend to pro*duce “mel*o*dy pat*terns... typ*i*cal for the am*bi*ent lan*guage they have heard dur*ing their fe*tal life, with*in the last tri*mes*ter,” said Kath*leen Wermke of the Un*ivers*ity of W├╝rzburg in Ger*ma*ny, one of the sci*en*tists in*volved.

    “These da*ta sup*port the im*por*tance of hu*man in*fants’ cry*ing for seed*ing lan*guage de*vel*op*ment.”

    The find*ings were pub*lished on*line Nov. 5 in the re*search jour*nal Cur*rent Bi*ol*o*gy.

    Hu*man fe*tus*es can mem*o*rize sounds from the ex*ter*nal world by the last tri*mes*ter of preg*nan*cy, with a par*tic*u*lar sen*si*ti*vity to mel*o*dy con*tour in both mu*sic and lan*guage, ear*li*er stud*ies found. New*borns pre*fer their moth*er’s voice over oth*ers and per*ceive the emo*tion*al con*tent of mes*sages con*veyed via in*tona*t*ion in ma*ter*nal speech.

    Their pre*ference for the sur*round*ing lan*guage and abil*ity to tell apart dif*fer*ent lan*guages and pitch changes are based pri*marily on mel*o*dy, Wermke said.

    Al*though pre*na*tal ex*po*sure to na*tive lan*guage was known to in*flu*ence new*borns’ per*cep*tion, sci*en*tists had thought that the sur*round*ing lan*guage af*fect*ed sound pro*duc*tion much lat*er, the re*search*ers said, but it now seems that’s not so.
     
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    Hmmm...... Now what on earth did that?
     
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    I'll be honest... I'll read your post when it's not full of asterisks...
     

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