Babies recall music played whilst still in womb

SCIENTISTS believe that babies who were played music whilst still in the womb remembered the tune months after being born.

Scientists at the University of Helskini (Finland) gave CDs to 12 pregnant women and asked them to play it five times a week during the last three months of pregnancy before destroying the CD after giving birth to ensure any memory of the songs came from pregnancy. Researchers said the babies could remember the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star up to four months after birth.

The researchers said: “These results show that babies are capable of learning at a very young age and that the effects of learning remain apparent in the brain for a long time.” However the study did say that playing classical music in the womb may not boost a baby’s intellect later in life.

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