Infants Capable of Learning While Asleep – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Newborn infants are capable of a simple form of learning while they’re asleep. This is according to a study by researchers funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. William Fifer, a research scientist in the psychiatry department at Columbia University in New York explains.
Fifer: What we’ve been investigating is how babies begin to take in information about their environment right after birth.
Narrator: Dr. Fifer, who led the study, adds that it is not known whether the learning demonstrated in this study is unique to infants or could also occur in adults. For more information on this study visit nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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