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|Recognition starts in the womb|
|07/11/01 at 16:43:16|
Usama Hasan, the brother who leads us in taraweeh once mentioned to me
that when a sister is hafidha, there is a good chance that her kid(s)
will follow suit because the baby becomes accustomed to the sounds of
the Qur'an while only a foetus in the mother's womb.
=======Babies have ear for music in womb
Tim Radford, science editor
Wednesday July 11, 2001
Babies can recognise tunes they have heard in the womb even a year after birth, according to scientists at the University of Leicester.
Research to be screened on BBC1 tonight will show that babies who hear
Mozart or UB40 before they are born will show a preference for that
music long afterwards.
New York researchers have shown that at seven months infants have some
grasp of the rules of language, and at eight months they start to
disentangle words from the continuous stream of a sentence.
Teams in the US, Russia and Sweden, who tested the response to "baby
talk" of children aged two months to five months, found that they could learn even from the most treacly gushing. There is a theory that even in the womb, babies atune to the sounds of the language they will speak.
Alexandra Lamont, a psychologist in Leicester's research group, tested
just how discerning unborn babies could be, and how well they remembered what they heard. A number of women each played a single piece of music repeatedly during the last three months of their pregnancy using recordings of opera, reggae or pop.
More than a year later, 11 of the babies were tested. Each showed a
preference for the piece heard before birth, as against similar music
heard for the first time. Although none of the babies could talk, their behaviour showed their response was no accident.
Dr Lamont said: "We know the foetus is able to hear fully only 20 weeks after conception. Now we've discovered that babies can remember and prefer music that they heard before they were born. After the babies were a year old they heard the prenatal music and other music matched for style, key, pace and loudness. A baby exposed to UB40's Many Rivers to Cross before birth, for example, heard this piece with the reggae track, Freddie McGregor's Stop Lovin' You."
The music was also tested on a control group of 11 babies who had not
been played music in the womb. They showed no preference for any piece, indicating there was nothing in the music itself particularly
It suggests, Dr Lamont said, that early experiences could be shared by
mother and baby, even before they had had a chance to meet.
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