Washington: Depression during pregnancy can alter a crucial period of language development in babies, according to a new study.Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) at BC Children’s Hospital found that treatment of maternal depression with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) can accelerate babies’ ability to attune to the sounds and sights of their native language, while maternal depression untreated by SRIs may prolong the period of tuning.“This study is among the first to show how maternal depression and its treatment can change the timing of language development in babies,” said Prof. Janet Werker of UBC’s Department of Psychology, the study’s senior author. “At this point, we do not know if accelerating or delaying these milestones in development has lasting consequences on later language acquisition, or if alternate developmental pathways exist. We aim to explore these and other important questions in future studies,” she stated.
Giridhar Malaviya to be Narendra Modi`s proposer
`No point in Modi apologising for Gujarat riots`
Will form a committee to oust criminals from politics: Modi
Stop govt from appointing new Army chief: BJP to Election Commission