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Mozart effect on infants

Scientists have been debating whether listening to classical music has direct beneficial effects to babies especially to their intellect—known as the Mozart effect.

 

Studies have shown that the unborn baby can hear sounds at the last trimester of pregnancy when their hearing ability is fully developed. When classical music is played repeatedly, the baby is able to recognize the tune and feel comfortable.

 

It has also been shown that classical music relieves stress to premature infants by slowing down the heart rate and breathing. However, other studies reported that this has no clinical significance. Researchers have noted increased weight gain of premature infants exposed to classical music due to decreased metabolism.

 

On the other hand, scientists stress that there is no evidence that classical music enhances intelligence in babies since the positive effect seem to come from the creation of a favorable learning environment by the parents where babies are encouraged to learn easily and more enjoyable.

 

After all the debate, one thing is sure: A baby hearing the singing voice of parents feels the warm and loving experiences that enrich the bond between them.

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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