Fetal habituation correlates with functional brain development.

  title={Fetal habituation correlates with functional brain development.},
  author={Seiichi Morokuma and Kotaro Fukushima and Nobuyuki Kawai and Masaki Tomonaga and Shoji Satoh and Hitoo Nakano},
  journal={Behavioural brain research},
  volume={153 2},
In this study, we divided 26 fetuses at 32-37 weeks of gestation into three groups using combined criteria of gestational age and behavioral indicators. We investigated fetal habituation to vibroacoustic stimulation (VAS). Fetuses showed habituation from at least 32 weeks of gestation. Furthermore, fetuses less developed from behavioral standpoint took significantly more trials to achieve habituation than developed fetuses even in the same gestational age. Taken together with these data, it was… CONTINUE READING

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