Listening to music may improve a baby’s language skills

Adding music to a baby’s playtime may improve its language skills and ability to process musical rhythms, according to researchers from the University of Washington, USA.

The researchers found that incorporating music into a series of play sessions boosted 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of speech and music. They found that the babies listening to the waltz learned its tempo. When the tempo was changed, the babies immediately noticed.

Lead researcher Patricia Kuhl and her colleagues explain that like music, language also has rhythmic patterns, as the timing of the syllables can differentiate one speech sound from another to understand what a person is saying. This ability to distinguish speech sounds helps babies learn to talk.

SOURCES:

PNAS: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/04/20/1603984113.full

Tech Times: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/153636/20160426/listening-to-music-may-sharpen-your-babys-language-skills.htm

wjbdradio: http://www.wjbdradio.com/Health/Music-May-Help-Infants-Learn-to-Perceive-Language-Patterns#.VyB0rKMrL-Y

Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160425161148.htm

DETAILS:

BENEFIT: LANGUAGE SKILLS
TARGET GROUP: BABIES
AGE: 9 MONTHS OLD
MUSIC TYPE: WALTZ
TYPE OF STUDY: ACADEMIC RESEARCH
NOs INVOLVED: 39
PERIOD OF STUDY: 6 WEEKS
DATE: 2015
PLACE: USA

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