Thursday, May 10, 2012

New study shows musical benefits for babies before they can walk


One-year-old babies who participate in interactive music classes with their parents smile more, communicate better and show earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music. 

The findings were published recently in the scientific journals Developmental Science and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 
"Many past studies of musical training have focused on older children," says Laurel Trainor, director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. "Our results suggest that the infant brain might be particularly plastic with regard to musical exposure."
Source: Science Daily, Babies' Brains Benefit from Music Lessons, Even Before They Can Walk and Talk

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