For years, studies have explored the importance of music for children. Some studies indicate music boosts sleep and feeding in premature babies. Others suggest musical sounds have a positive and long-term impact on overall brain development, and still others conclude it offers no cognitive benefits at all. Now, new research from investigators at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle seems to support the notion of the hidden power of music. Results from the group’s small and brief study suggest that babies who engage in musical play early in life may have an easier time processing both speech sounds and music.
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