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  • The Boston University Fetal Activity Study is a long-term study of the development of fetal activity and how it relates to infant development after birth. Fetal movement is a valuable marker for current fetal functioning. It is easily noticed by the mother and can be helpful in detecting early signs of fetal distress. However, the long-term significance of the pattern of fetal movement is unknown, and determining postnatal correlates of how fetal movement develops is both scientifically and clinically useful.

    The study is the dissertation project of Sonia Chawla and is being supervised by Professor Kimberly Saudino, Ph.D. The goal of the project is to study the pattern of fetal movement and how well it predicts development of activity level, temperament, and mental and motor abilities in early infancy.



    Boston University Department of Psychology


    If you have any questions or comments, please email sonia@bu.edu




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