STUDY: Babies Can Recognize their Mom’s Voice, also a Key to Social Development


A new Stanford University study discovered that not only can babies tell their mom’s voice from other female voices, but even a small amount of noise from mom stimulated a large amount of brain activity – auditory, emotional, facial recognition, memory and reward processes, MRI scans showed.

The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the strength of the babies’ inter-brain connections predicted the child’s social communication scores later in life (between ages 7 and 12).

This study may help developmental researchers better understand social development disorders like autism, especially given the  importance of a child being able to associate with voices during development.

The study did have a very small sample size of just 24, but is still a precursor for more research.



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