Friday, July 17, 2009

Memories From Before Birth

Even if nobody can recall what life in the womb was like, baby's capabilities to memorize things develop well before birth.
July 16, 2009 ( - 30-week-old babies in the womb already have short-term memory capabilities, a new study from the Netherlands, published in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, has found.

Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University Medical Centre St. Radboud examined 93 healthy pregnant Dutch women and their unborn children, measuring changes in how the child responds to repeated stimulation. The children were tested at 30, 32, 34, and 36 weeks, and again at 38 weeks gestation.
The scientists found that at thirty weeks, the child in the womb has a short-term memory of about ten minutes. At 34 weeks, the child can store information and retrieve it up to four weeks later. The younger children who had been tested at 34 and 36 weeks were later able to habituate much faster than children at 38 weeks who had never been tested.
Yet another scientific proof to the known fact that an unborn baby is a living human being. With a unique DNA. With an autonomous circulatory system and a beating heart. With his tiny fingers and toes each having a unique fingerprint already engraved... And now we know that at later stages, a baby in the womb acquires short-term memory capabilities as well...

A "future child"? No, it's a child with a future!

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