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Of human bonding: newborns prefer their mothers' voices

Science  06 Jun 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4448, pp. 1174-1176
DOI: 10.1126/science.7375928

Abstract

By sucking on a nonnutritive nipple in different ways, a newborn human could produce either its mother's voice or the voice of another female. Infants learned how to produce the mother's voice and produced it more often than the other voice. The neonate's preference for the maternal voice suggests that the period shortly after birth may be important for initiating infant bonding to the mother.

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