Spanish Study Shows Fetuses ‘Sing And Dance’ To Music In The Womb [Video]

Anne Sewell

Shakespeare once wrote, "If music be the food of love, play on," and that quote still applies today. A study run by the Institut Marqués in Barcelona, Spain not only shows that fetuses can hear from week 16, 10 weeks earlier than previously thought, it also proves they respond to music in the womb.

New research by the Spanish institute shows that babies can hear and respond to music, played via what could be called a "musical tampon" in the mother's vagina. The institute has produced amazing 3D images of the fetuses, showing them opening and closing their mouths and sticking out their tongues in response to the musical input.

When the institute unveiled the results of the study (in Spanish), carried out on 100 pregnant women, the announcement said the babies clearly responded to music in the womb.

"The fetuses responded to the music by moving their mouths and their tongues as if they wanted to speak or sing."

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The results of the study will also help to improve ultrasound scans, due to the movement of the fetus brought on by hearing the music in the womb. It also helps the fetus respond to the sound of music with movements of vocalization – a prelude to singing and speaking.

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"It proves that learning begins in the womb."

By playing the music in the womb using a Babypod (the previously mentioned "musical tampon") the child can clearly hear and respond to it.

Reportedly the Babypods retail for around €150 ($170) and expectant mothers are recommended to only use them for approximately 20 minutes a day to expose their unborn child to music in the womb.

The results of the study can be seen in the video below, where the fetuses respond to Bach's Partita in A minor for solo flute. Who knows, maybe this will also give the child a taste for classical music in the womb, rather than Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus.

The study of fetuses responding to music in the womb has been published in the journal "Ultrasound" by the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS), under the heading "Fetal facial expression in response to intravaginal music emission."

Using the role of music in fetal development is nothing new to the Institut Marqués, however. Back in July this year the Inquisitr reported on how Spanish singer-songwriter Antonio Orozco, visited the center to play music to 380 embryos, intended for in vitro fertilization. The session supports the institute's research into how music plays an important role in the development of both embryos and fetuses.

[Image: Screengrab from YouTube video - Ultrasound scan courtesy Institut Marqués]