Baby's first word is always a big milestone, but now we may know
why that first word is often "mama" or "dada." According to a new
study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, it's all about sound. In many cultures, the words for
"mother" and "father" feature repeating sounds and babies are
particularly drawn to that.
Researchers discovered baby's preference for repeating sounds by
doing brain scans of newborns while listening to recordings of
made-up words-the "words" with repeating sounds caused increased
brain activity. Of course, baby's attachment to mom and dad doesn't
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