Washington, Oct 31: A new study has showed that foetuses are able to recognise and remember sounds from the outside world.
The study focused on 24 women during the final trimester of their pregnancies.
Half of the women played the melody of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ to their fetuses five days a week for the final stages of their pregnancies.
The brains of the babies who heard the melody in utero reacted more strongly to the familiar melody both immediately and four months after birth when compared with the control group.
Eino Partanen, who is currently finishing his dissertation at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit, said that these results show that babies are capable of learning at a very young age, and that the effects of the learning remain apparent in the brain for a long time.
Principal investigator, Dr Minna Huotilainen, said that this is the first study to track how long foetal memories remain in the brain. The results are significant, as studying the responses in the brain lets them focus on the foundations of foetal memory and the early mechanisms of memory are currently unknown.
The study has been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. (ANI)