Scientific study shows the voice of moms activate a baby's brain and learning

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... the voice of a mother ... robustly [activates] the language processing centers of the brain in the newborn. In other words ... the voice of mothers is unique and babies inherently recognize their mother's voice possibly even inside the womb ...

It has been well documented that newborn babies do have some innate language capacities. Moreover, infants may not only learn to specifically recognize their mother's voice but also show adult-like responses in the brain to human voice at 7 but not 4 months of age. However, scientists are only just beginning to understand what the cognitive capacities of newborn babies are and the mechanisms by which babies learn and vocalize language ... future studies are imperative to determine whether there are any deficiencies seen in babies in which mothers spend less than the average or ideal time talking to their newborn babies ...

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