Can a Newborn's Brain Discriminate Speech Sounds?

Can a Newborn's Brain Discriminate Speech Sounds?
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People’s ability to perceive speech sounds has been deeply studied, specially during someone’s first year of life, but what happens during the first hours after birth? Are babies born with innate abilities to perceive speech sounds, or do neural encoding processes need to age for some time? Researchers from the Institute of Neurosciences of the UB (UBNeuro) and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD) have created a new methodology to try to answer this basic question on human development.

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