Infants Capable of Learning While Asleep – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Scientists funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have recently performed a study that shows infants can learn while they’re sleeping. Dr. William Fifer at Columbia University in New York says babies have to learn very quickly how to adapt to their new surroundings.
Fifer: That includes both the environment they meet while they’re awake and that environment including their own internal systems that they have to learn very rapidly to deal with, while they’re asleep.
Narrator: He adds that this research may also have implications for identifying developmental issues in infants. 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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