Learning words in the womb

Newborns appear to recognize words they heard while waiting to be born

By Stephen Ornes, 14:16 PM September 13, 2013



Fetuses are listening. And they’ll remember what they heard. Studies had shown they can hear songs and learn sounds while in the womb. Now scientists show that fetuses can learn specific words, too. And for at least a few days after they’re born, babies can still recall commonly repeated words.


This study doesn’t mean that fetuses and newborns understand those words. Rather, the study found that newborns recognize the sound patterns of certain words. But that finding suggests the ability of...

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