Babies as Listeners

Babies as Listeners


Babies remain calm twice as long when listening to a song as they do listening to a speech.


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In a new study from the University of Montreal, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song, which they didn't even know, as they did when listening to speech. "Many studies have looked at how singing and speech affect infants' attention, but we wanted to know how they affect a baby's emotional self-control" explained Professor Isabelle Peretz, of the university's Center for Research on Brain, Music, and Language.

"Emotional self-control is not developed in infants, and we believe singing helps babies and children develop this capacity." The study, published in Infancy, involved thirty healthy infants aged between six and nine months.


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