A baby’s name is generally used much more often than other words. Studies show that babies are early as 4 months old prefer the sound of their individual name to that of other names. This does not mean that they understand that this is their name; rather, they are simply able to recognize the sounds that make up their name.
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- Mandel, D. R., Jusczyk, P. W., & Pisoni, D. B. (1995). Infants' recognition of the sound patterns of their own names. Psychological Science, 6, 314