Updated: 2014-07-30 07:15
(China Daily USA)
"Our research demonstrates that infants can learn from maternal expressions of fear very early in life. Before they can even make their own experiences, they basically acquire their mothers' experiences. Most important, these maternally transmitted memories are long-lived, whereas other types of infant learning, if not repeated, rapidly perish."
Lead author Jacek Debiec of the University of Michigan Medical School said of a new study that showed fear could be passed from mothers to newborn babies through an odor the mothers give off when they are afraid.
(China Daily USA 07/30/2014 page4)