Sleep smart – Baby Care – how babies learn speech

Sleep smart – Baby Care – how babies learn speech – Brief Article

Mary Ellen Strote

Babies’ ability to learn speech continues to amaze scientists. The latest discovery reveals that newborns learn speech sounds even when they’re not awake. Researchers exposed 2- and 3-day-old infants to vowel sounds while they slept. The sounds were repeated to the babies when they were awake; measurements of their brain responses showed they recognized the vowels. Lead researcher Marie Cheour, Ph.D., will soon launch a “baby-language school” at the University of Miami to study how at-risk infants could be taught language or helped with learning disabilities early in life. To participate, e-mail her at marche@utu.fi.

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