Friday, December 16, 2011

Science Proves Babies Start Learning In the Womb

From a TED speaker - Annie Murphy Paul - we learn that babies learn sounds, tastes, smells within the womb. They remember these senses and prefer them after they are born. They also learn harsh realities, including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). This is a scientific breakthrough. Here is the description of the presentation:
To what extent the conditions we encounter before birth influence our individual characteristics? It‘s the question at the center of fetal origins, a relatively new field of research that measures how the effects of influences outside the womb during pregnancy can shape the physical, mental and even emotional well-being of the developing baby for the rest of its life. 
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul calls it a gray zone between nature and nurture in her book Origins, a history and study of this emerging field structured around a personal narrative -- Paul was pregnant with her second child at the time. What she finds suggests a far more dynamic nature between mother and fetus than typically acknowledged, and opens up the possibility that the time before birth is as crucial to human development as early childhood.

1 comment:

Lals said...

Nearly all scientists agree that life begins at the moment of conception. (Just consult any General Biology textbook, and you'll find it.) Now, there is even more evidence presented in this amazing TED talk. And yet, somehow, we (as a society) do not believe that abortion is murder. How can this be? We pride ourselves on being rational, principled individuals who believe in the scientific process, and yet, we only choose to believe science when it is convenient.