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A world-renowned expert of prenatal language recognition visited Wartburg College on Monday to share her research suggesting that babies learn certain sounds prenatally.
Dr. Christine Moon, a psychology professor at Pacific Lutheran University and co-founder of the International Perinatal Brain and Behavior Network, gave a talk titled "Learning Before Birth: What is Possible?" at Wartburg's McCaskey Lyceum.
She shared findings from a study published earlier this year that concluded babies learn certain vowel sounds while still in the womb.
Moon and her colleagues wired computers to babies' pacifiers and recorded their responses to familiar and unfamiliar sounds. Infants usually showed a noticeable reaction to the sounds they heard on a regular basis prenatally.
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