Here’s more proof of the power of moms. New research shows that a mother’s voice will preferentially activate the parts of the brain responsible for language learning.
Researchers from the University of Montreal and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre made this discovery after performing electrical recordings on infants within the 24 hours following their birth. They applied electrodes to the heads of 16 babies while they were sleeping, and then asked the mother to make the short ‘A’ vowel sound. They then had the female nurse who brought the baby to the lab do the same thing. When the mom spoke, the scans clearly showed reactions in the left-hemisphere of the brain, in particular the language processing and motor skills circuit. On the other hand, when the stranger spoke, the right-hemisphere of the brain, which is associated with voice recognition, reacted.
The authors of the study say this research proves for the first time that, scientifically speaking, the mother’s voice is special to babies.