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Sounds in the womb: fetal reactions to what they hear

Project Description

Fetuses can hear from around the 23rd week of gestation. They are exposed to a variety of language and non-language sounds in the womb. It is not clear how the prenatal soundscape influences fetal and neonatal emotional and cognitive development. This might have important implications for postnatal development.

This Ph.D. project will examine the effects of prenatal sound exposure on postnatal development.
Candidates need to fulfill the following criteria:
1) A 2(i) or 1st class degree at undergraduate level and ideally a Masters qualification in Psychology or Allied Discipline
2) Applicants who do not have English as a first language need an IELTS score of 7 with no elements below 6.5

If interested and for more information please send your CV, academic references and a brief outline specifying why you might be an ideal candidate to carry out this project to:


Parga JJ, Daland R, Kesavan K, Macey PM, Zeltzer L, Harper RM (2018) A description of externally recorded womb sounds in human subjects during gestation. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0197045.
Reissland, N., Francis, B., Buttanshaw, L., Austen, J. M., & Reid, V. (2016). Do fetuses move their lips to the sound that they hear? An observational feasibility study on auditory stimulation in the womb. Pilot and feasibility studies, 2, 14. doi:10.1186/s40814-016-0053-3
Reissland, N. & Kisilevsky, B. (Eds) Fetal Development: Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies published 2016 by Springer US

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