Nursery Rhymes May Help Childrens Memory
GAINESVILLE-- Its no fairy tale.
It turns out, that parents who sing a song of sixpence to their unborn children will get a lot more out of it than just a pocket full of rye.
A new study shows why nusery rhymes have a big impact on children even before they are born.
When we were little, most of our parents read us nursery rhymes.
Now research from the University of Florida shows a fetus may be smarter than many people think.
UF researchers studied women beginning their third trimester, or 28th week of pregnancy, and asked them to repeat out loud a nursery rhyme twice a day for 6 weeks.
The fetus was able to recognize the same rhythm weeks later.
This is the first study to show how a fetus is capable of also responding to a stimulus that isn't mom's voice but is similar in rhythm to what the mother has been repeating out loud.
While the research does show the fetus does have a sophisticated memory there is no research yet to show that nursery rhymes will make a child the next einstein.
(Charlene Krueger, UF Nursing Researcher) " we don't know its relationship, to later academics but certainly it plays a big role in early development."
Krueger hopes that this research could potentially lead to improving the learning and memory of children.
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