New study shows that singing helps babies calm down twice as fast when listening to speech compared to song
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 obviously not developed in infants, and we believe singing helps babies and children develop this capacity.” The study, recently published in Infancy, involved thirty healthy infants aged between six and nine months.
Humans are in fact naturally enraptured by music. In adults and older children, this “entrainment” is displayed by behaviours such as foot-tapping, head-nodding, or drumming.
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First Steps Women’s Centre welcomed over 200 women and 45 children during our first week back on Monday 7th September 2015.
An extensive range of Computer, Health & Wellbeing, Numeracy, Literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are available to women who are unemployed, working 16 hours or less, looking after the home/family or retired.
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