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Foetal memories

BABIES develop an active memory and begin to learn while they are still in the womb, according to scientists from University

Hospital in Maastricht, the

Netherlands.

They measured responses to sounds in 25 foetuses all between 37 and 40 weeks old nd found, in most cases, the foetus became used to the noise and stopped reacting. Cathelijne van Heteren, one of the team, said they had concluded that foetuses have a short-term memory of at least 10 minutes and a long-term one of at least 24 hours.

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