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Share 'Queen Bohemian Rhapsody', among the favorite songs of babies in the womb

Laura Guerrero

Babies are clear about musical preferences, at least, when they are in the womb. Classical music is preferred by fetuses, ahead of traditional music and pop-rock.

However, fetuses between 18 and 38 weeks of gestation allow a unique contemporary exception between their exquisite musical tastes: the song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen.

Mozart, the favorite

Mozart's 'Little Night Serenade' is the favorite piece of the majority of the 300 fetuses between 18 and 38 weeks who have participated in the study Fetal facial expression in response to the intravaginal emission of different types of music, carried out by the assisted reproduction clinic Institut Marquès.

Apart from the classical music of Mozart, Bach or Prokofiev, babies in the womb love popular songs like the Christmas carol "Bell on bell" or the music of African drums. Interestingly, the group Queen is a gap between the preferences of babies since before birth with the theme 'Bohemian Rapsody' and the Village People are also well positioned. Shakira and Adele, however, do not pass the approved.

How has it been done?

The study has been done exposing 300 fetuses between 18 and 38 weeks of gestation to 15 songs of three different musical styles: classical, traditional and pop-rock. To carry it out, a vaginal speaker developed by the institute was used since the fetuses can hear from week 16, when they measure 11 centimeters, but only "if the sound comes directly from the vagina." The fetuses can barely hear the noise coming from outside ", as the director of the Marquès Institute, Marisa López-Teijón, has pointed out.

Then, through ultrasound, the reactions of opening the mouth and extracting the tongue in the fetuses were studied. The musical style that caused a higher percentage of fetuses to move the mouth was classical music (84%), followed by traditional music (79%), placing pop-rock in third place (59%). As for the fetuses that took out the tongue (protrusion), again classical music was the style that got a higher percentage (35%), ahead of the traditional (20%) and pop-rock (15%) .

Melodies that last

According to the authors of the study, the reason why certain types of music provoke such positive stimuli in fetuses is unknown. According to Dr. López-Teijón:

"In all cases it's about melodies that have endured over the years, whether it's a serenade by Mozart or the ancestral sound of some African drums, it's precisely this traditional music, with simple and repetitive sounds, that you also like to newborn babies Music is the most ancient form of communication among humans: communication through sounds, gestures and dances preceded spoken language. "

This expert points out that the first language was more musical than verbal and it still is. Just look at how, instinctively, adults do not address babies in a voice more acute and melodic than normal to capture their attention. Despite our efforts, it seems that the children in the womb prefer the voice of falsetto Mickey Mouse to the human.

The youngest among the kids have already made their musical selection: Mozart, 'Campana sobre campana' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody', by Queen, among the favorite songs of babies in the womb.

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