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Classical music might make them smarter, but babies in the womb could really benefit from some healthy language.
"But, the scientists point out, it could mean that babies are also vulnerable to harmful acoustic effects — “abnormal, unstructured and novel sound stimulation” — an idea that will also require further study." ..as well as scalpels and vacuum's.
Non-human animals have been shown to have similar ability to differentiate between different syllables. One thing people should realize is we do not know whether it is safe to project sound into the uterus (for example, by strapping a speaker around the abdomen). We do not know enough about the developing auditory system - and it could potentially damage it or cause some sort of lasting effect on how the auditory areas of the brain wire up. Normal ambient noise is fine - just don't be strapping speakers on or projecting sound to the fetus through some sort of megaphone-like system.
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