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Life-Span Human Development, Fifth Edition, Carol K. Sigelman and Elizabeth A. Rider

Chapter 6

Hearing and Speech

Humans can hear well before birth

Newborns discriminate sounds that differ in loudness, duration, direction, and pitch

Two-3 month olds distinguish phonemes  

Eimas (1985) “Ba & Pa” studies

Newborns prefer female/mother’s voice

Lose sensitivity to sounds not needed for home language

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