Music May Help Strengthen the Brains of Premature Babies

A new study, conducted by researchers from Switzerland, suggests that music can help strengthen the brains of premature babies.Music May Help Strengthen the Brains of Premature Babies

For the study, a team of researchers included 29 full-term babies and 39 prematurely born babies 20 of which received eight minutes of soothing background music 5 times per week. The music included sounds of bells, harp, and the Indian snake charmer’s flute.

With the help of the functional MRI, the researchers investigated the influence of the music to the brains of the premature newborns. The analysis of the received data showed that the neural network of newborns who heard music had greater functional connectivity and their brain network were more similar to the brain networks of full-term babies.

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