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, 30 (2), 159-61

Assessing Fetal Response to Maternal Speech Using a Noninvasive Functional Brain Imaging Technique

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Assessing Fetal Response to Maternal Speech Using a Noninvasive Functional Brain Imaging Technique

Renaud Jardri et al. Int J Dev Neurosci.

Abstract

Evidence for cortical sensory activation in the human fetus at the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy was provided in a recent imaging study. Although hearing is functional before birth, it is not clear whether recognition of the mother's voice is learned in utero or rapidly following delivery. We developed an original fMRI procedure that allows for the specific exploration of fetal brain response to auditory stimuli. This procedure provides the first in vivo evidence for the development of maternal voice recognition in utero between 33 and 34 weeks of gestation. This methodology could have crucial implications in the study of fetal cognition.

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