Babies Can Hear Syllables in the Womb, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Study
Published: Feb 26, 2013
Scientists say babies decipher speech as early as three months before birth. The evidence comes from detailed brain scans of 12 infants born prematurely. At just 28 weeks' gestation, the babies appeared to discriminate between different syllables like "ga" and "ba" as well as male and female voices.