A Melodic Contour Repeatedly Experienced by Human Near-Term Fetuses Elicits a Profound Cardiac Reaction One Month after Birth

@inproceedings{GranierDeferre2011AMC,
  title={A Melodic Contour Repeatedly Experienced by Human Near-Term Fetuses Elicits a Profound Cardiac Reaction One Month after Birth},
  author={Carolyn Granier-Deferre and Sophie Bassereau and Aur{\'e}lie Ribeiro and Anne-Yvonne Jacquet and Anthony J. DeCasper},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
BACKGROUND Human hearing develops progressively during the last trimester of gestation. Near-term fetuses can discriminate acoustic features, such as frequencies and spectra, and process complex auditory streams. Fetal and neonatal studies show that they can remember frequently recurring sounds. However, existing data can only show retention intervals up to several days after birth. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Here we show that auditory memories can last at least six weeks. Experimental… CONTINUE READING

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