Evidence of Early Learning

Evidence of Early Learning

Learning is a lifelong process, and it begins before you are even born. A recent study suggests that human fetuses begin learning as early as the 34th week of gestation, earlier than previously believed. Researchers had pregnant women recite a brief nursery rhyme aloud twice a day for six weeks and monitored the heart rates of their fetuses at 32-, 33-, and 34-weeks’ gestation as a recording of a female stranger reciting the rhyme was played. At 34 weeks, the fetuses’ heart rates declined, an indicator of fetal recognition of a familiar stimulus. More… Discuss

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