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Music Can Develop Premature Babies’ Brains

Some groundbreaking new research from the University of Geneva has revealed that music helps the brain development of babies born prematurely. Medical imaging reveals that the neural networks of premature infants who have listened to music, and in particular a network involved in many sensory and cognitive functions, are developing much better.

While advances in neonatal medicine have improved the survival rates for babies born before the 32nd week of pregnancy, children are at a very high risk of developing neuropsychological or emotional disorders.

Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), Switzerland played specially curated music, with a series of live instruments in a double-blind study. Intensive care can be noisy and confusing for babies born before the full term. The full-term baby adjusts its rhythm to that of its mother. The research shows the power of music to help develop young brains. Lully founder Jane Stewart was born prematurely, at just 1 lb 15oz. It has been her lifelong belief that music can have a dramatic impact on the development of babies and children. Her passion for this subject led to her developing Lully, the musical bear, playing 23 curated songs to soothe young minds as part of a bedtime routine.


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