WFLA-TV (NBC) Ch. 8 Tampa FL (TV) 05/08/06 (no weblink available) Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch say forming a strong bond with your baby can improve its performance later in life. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch have been following three hundred and sixty infants for at least fourteen years, some of the babies were full-term, but many were born at a very low birth weight. In general, mothers who were highly affectionate, used a positive tone of voice, and offered encouragement and a good level of stimulation had children with higher cognitive development when they started school, regardless of how much they weighed at birth. (This research has continued to be mentioned throughout the United States on TV and in Print.)