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    If newborns prefer books that have been read during pregnancy, would they likely enjoy their older sibling's favorite book that they had mom read every night? What's funny is that two of my nieces(about to be three in that family) both like to sing twinkle twinkle little star. I think the one year old got that song from her three year old big sister. And the three year old is excited to have a new baby sister. I don't know what here definition of baby is though, since she doesn't think the middle sister is a baby anymore. Well, she told me she was getting a baby sister when the other sister was 12 months old, so I had some confusion to as what she meant by having a baby sister.
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    I remember something about playing classical music for your baby while in the womb, and somehow that helps 'map' the baby's brain for math, since music and math are so intricately entwined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I remember something about playing classical music for your baby while in the womb, and somehow that helps 'map' the baby's brain for math, since music and math are so intricately entwined.
    That might not be the best idea. Would you play classical music in a newborn's bassinet? Don't wake the baby!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post
    That might not be the best idea. Would you play classical music in a newborn's bassinet? Don't wake the baby!
    Ya don't have to BLAST it.

    http://www.babycenter.com/0_music-an...-child_6547.bc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post
    That might not be the best idea. Would you play classical music in a newborn's bassinet? Don't wake the baby!
    Yep.
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    As long as it's not too loud...

    Oh, if anyone was wondering, I also have another three year old niece who has a baby sister that's almost 6 months. I'm pretty offended that Starlight thinks three of my nieces would be okay to put down like a dog! Grrr...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWall View Post
    If babies can think and feel that proves that they are not only alive but cognizant.
    So is there any evidence that babies can do these things?
    Apparently, yes. Researchers from the Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Cognitive Science, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki, published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, which is the official scientific journal of the National Academy of Sciences, back in 2013 that indicates babies actually learn to recognize words while still in the womb:

    Source: Learning-induced neural plasticity of speech processing before birth


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    Learning, the foundation of adaptive and intelligent behavior, is based on changes in neural assemblies and reflected by the modulation of electric brain responses. In infancy, long-term memory traces are formed by auditory learning, improving discrimination skills, in particular those relevant for speech perception and understanding. Here we show direct neural evidence that neural memory traces are formed by auditory learning prior to birth. Our findings indicate that prenatal experiences have a remarkable influence on the brainís auditory discrimination accuracy, which may support, for example, language acquisition during infancy. Consequently, our results also imply that it might be possible to support early auditory development and potentially compensate for difficulties of genetic nature, such as language impairment or dyslexia.



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    This goes along with an earlier study conducted by a team of American, Canadian and Chinese researchers from about a decade earlier that babies learn to recognize the voice of their mother while still in the womb

    Source: Effects of Experience on Fetal Voice Recognition


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    The ability of human fetuses to recognize their own mother's voice was examined. Sixty term fetuses were assigned to one of two conditions during which they were exposed to a tape recording of their mother or a female stranger reading a passage. Voice stimuli were delivered through a loudspeaker held approximately 10 cm above the maternal abdomen and played at an average of 95 dB SPL. Each condition consisted of three 2-min periods: no stimulus, voice (mother or stranger), and no stimulus. Fetal heart rate increased in response to the mother's voice and decreased in response to the stranger's; both responses were sustained for 4 min. The finding of differential behavior in response to a familiar versus a novel voice provides evidence that experience influences fetal voice processing. It supports an epigenetic model of speech perception, presuming an interaction between genetic expression of neural development and species-specific experience.


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    This latter research was verified in 2013 by a team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland

    Source: Near-term fetal response to maternal spoken voice


    Abstract

    Knowledge about prenatal learning has been largely predicated on the observation that newborns appear to recognize the maternal voice. Few studies have examined the process underlying this phenomenon;thatis, whether and how the fetus responds tomaternal voice in situ. Fetal heart rate and motor activity were recorded at 36 weeks gestation (n = 69) while pregnant women read aloud from a neutral passage. Compared to a baseline period, fetuses responded with a decrease in motor activity in the 10 s following onset of maternal speech and a trend level decelerative heart rate response, consistent with an orienting response. Subsequent analyses revealed that the fetal response was modified by both maternal and fetal factors. Fetuses of women who were previously awake and talking (n = 40) showed an orienting response to onset of maternal reading aloud, while fetuses of mothers who had previously been resting and silent (n = 29) responded with elevated heart rate and increased movement. The magnitude of the fetal response was further dependent on baseline fetal heart rate variability such that largest response was demonstrated by fetuses with low variability of mothers who were previously resting and silent. Results indicate that fetal responsivity is affected by both maternal and fetal state and have implications for understanding fetal learning of the maternal voice under naturalistic conditions


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I remember something about playing classical music for your baby while in the womb, and somehow that helps 'map' the baby's brain for math, since music and math are so intricately entwined.
    Debatable or maybe just over-hyped

    Fact or Fiction?: Babies Exposed to Classical Music End Up Smarter

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    Can those who purposefully and with full knowledge of what they are doing when they harm/kill fetuses/babies/toddlers and don't repent be sentenced to an eternity of hearing the recording of a screaming infant. The type of scream that a baby in extreme pain makes. Oh, and have the victims tell their murderer that they are a mean person for hurting them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post
    They don't know any different. Little babies actually like being swaddled/held snugly. It reminds them of the womb where they were never hungry, cold, or thirsty. that doesn't mean there's no stress though. If Mom is stressed, junior will be stressed also due to stress hormones crossing over to him/her.
    They certainly have basic reactions even in the womb, but there's not much reason to consider that anything like actual thought.
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