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Pages 16 - 20, Fetal memory: What does it do? Acta Paediatr ; Suppl ISSN Whether fetal memory exists has attracted interest for many thousands of years. The following review draws on recent experimental evidence to consider two questions: And if so, what functions s does it serve?
Evidence from fetal learning paradigms of classical conditioning, habituation and exposure learning reveal that the fetus does have a memory. Possible functions discussed are: It is concluded that the fetus does possess a memory but that more attention to the functions of fetal memory will guide future studies of fetal memories abilities.
It is difficult to imagine functioning in the world without a memory. For example, our ability to learn, retain information for short- or long-term periods, recognise individuals, objects, and to recall previous events or learning experiences, all depend on memory.
For many years, it was thought the newborn infant did not possess a functioning memory, but rather memory developed over the months and years following birth. Study of newborns, and premature infants 6,7in recent years, however, has changed this view. Newborns have been shown, via a variety of learning paradigms, habituation 8,9classical conditioning 10,11associative learning 12,13 and imitation 14,15to possess a functioning memory.
It would be entirely possible that the memory abilities start at the moment of birth. Some event during the birth process triggers, along with other changes required for life outside the womb, activity in the central nervous system and hence memory begins.
However this is unlikely It is more likely that memory begins prenatally and the period of birth merely marks a transition from memory functioning in utero to memory functioning ex utero. Rather memory, at its developmental origin in the prenatal period probably functions in some rudimentary form and develops, both quantitatively and qualitatively, as the individual matures.
It is the aim of this review to discuss memory in utero. It is not intended to comprehensively review all studies in the area but rather illustrate salient points and issues. Two general areas will be considered.
First, is there evidence of memory before birth? And second, if memory exists, does it have a function s? Is their evidence of memory in utero? Just as studies exploring memory in the newborn infant have used learning paradigms, similar paradigms have been applied to the fetus to explore its memory.
Paradigms of "exposure learning", classical conditioning and habituation have been used to examine fetal learning and fetal memory. Studies of classical conditioning of the fetus, although few, have a long history, dating back to the s.
Although using only a single subject and reporting no data, Ray concludes the subject suffered "no ill effects from her prenatal education" p.
He reported that after pairings, most fetuses, in the last 2 months of gestation, responded to the vibration CS alone. More recently Feijoo 19,20 paired maternal relaxation the UCS with music the CS and examined individuals as fetuses and after birth.
After 24 pairings of the stimuli, when the music was played to the fetus in the last weeks of pregnancy, individuals began moving and when played to the new-born, these babies stopped crying, opened their eyes and exhibited fewer clonic movements.
Fetuses were aged between 32 and 39 weeks of gestation at the time of testing. Successful conditioning was unrelated to gestational age, or sex. It remains to be determined exactly why some fetuses exhibit conditioning and others do not.
To date the earliest observations of successful classical conditioning are in fetuses at 32 weeks of gestation 18pers. However, it must be noted that attempting to determine the first appearance of particular fetal abilities is problematical Whilst successful classical conditioning or other paradigms may indicate, if properly conducted, the existence of memory.THE CRUCIBLE.
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