According to a new research from MARCS Auditory Laboratories at the University of Western Sydney, scientists have discovered that mothers may considerably alter their speech patterns based on how well their babies could hear them. This may perhaps delay their children’s language progress. Apparently, these details were unearthed by PhD student Christa Lam, who was observing how mothers may interact with babies having hearing loss.
This finding was made during an experiment where parents and their babies were placed in diverse rooms and communicated via a closed circuit television system. The scientists supposedly decreased the volume of the mother’s speech in the baby’s room to replicate reasonable and deep hearing loss.
Lam commented, “The most important finding was that infant feedback drives mothers’ behavior. Babies are not passive recipients; rather they are the ones driving their mothers’ behavior.”
As the volume was decreased, the babies apparently diminished their level of communication with their mothers, thereby causing the mothers to modify their speech patterns in an effort to preserve their babies’ attention. Moreover, the scientists discovered that the mothers’ vowels supposedly became less evidently differentiated which may be an issue for toddlers learning how to speak.
Dr Christine Kitamura, Head of MARCS Baby Lab mentioned that the findings may illustrate what several individuals already know, that infants may encompass the power to alter the way one behaves.