Memory in unborn babies

Amtmann (1997)[1] reported that babies are able to store musical information from as early as the first trimester. Memory in unborn babies also plays a part in their enjoyment and recognition of music and stories.


The term 'mimicry' describes the sophisticated copying and responding which infants can demonstrate from birth (Verny 1981)[2]. Examples of this can be seen in 'The social baby' (Murray and Andrews 2005)[3].



1 Amtmann IM (1997) 'Music for the unborn child' International Journal of Music Education, 1997 29 (1), 66-72

2 Verny TR (1981) 'The secret life of the unborn child' Time Warner Books

3 Murray L and Andrews L (2005) 'The social baby: Understanding babies' communication from birth' The Children's Project.

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