Mom's Voice Light Up Children's Brains

Posted: May 17 2016, 7:45am CDT | by , in Rumors | Latest Science News


Mom's Voice Light Up Children's Brains
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  • Mother’s Voice triggers Areas in Child’s Brain to get Activated

The latest evidence suggests that a mother’s voice triggers areas in a child’s brain to get activated.

A kid’s brain is more influenced by his or her mother’s voice than by any other person’s. The study proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. These areas of the brain in the growing child go way beyond the hearing region.

They include emotion centers and reward-based areas. Also social centers and recognition areas lie within the ambit. This study involved brain scans of children listening to their moms’ voices. 

Our first social, emotional and linguistic repertoires are built via the mother’s warm voice talking to us in a manner of mutual bonding. Yet until now very little research has been done on the matter.

Some of our strongest preferences are built around the mother’s voice. Even one day old babies tend to suck twice as much on a pacifier than usual when they hear their individual mothers’ voices.

The level of engagement found in the rapport between mothers and their children was symbiotic in nature. 

24 children from 7 to 12 years of age were studied. Their average IQ was 80. There were no autistic problems they faced on a daily basis and their child-rearing was taking place at their mothers’ end.

The mothers spoke three nonsense words in response to which the children also spoke in return. Their brain scans were carefully noted down. The mothers answered a general questionnaire regarding their children too at the end of the day.

As for the meaningless words, they were deliberately spoken by the mothers for they triggered other centers of the brain than the linguistic ones. MRI scans were taken of the children’s brains.  

The children were able to identify their mothers up to 97% of the time. A complex series of pathways of the brains were lit up thanks to interaction with the mother.

The large number of regions involved in the process surprised the researchers. While it has always been a proverbial saying that a mother’s voice is the sweetest sound for a child, this here is scientific proof of this fact.

Those children who showed a high degree of a response upon being spoken to by their mothers also happened to be high in social communication abilities.

This study, published in PNAS, proves that voices play an important role in the nurture of the growing child. The caretaker’s voice is thus like a soothing ointment for the child’s aches and pains.

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