Newswise – A music professor has discovered that playing music has apositive effect on the health of premature infants,inspiring them to take more food and grow faster. Preemiesneed to put on weight as quickly as possible, so that theirlungs mature enough for them to be able to breathe on theirown. This is reminiscent of theMozart effect,which proves that listening to complex music like Mozartwhile they study helps students do better on tests andactually seems to raise their I.Q.

Jayne M. Standley has found that playing music so that itcan be heard by the preemies in their isolettes increasestheir suckling rates 2?. Her research has led to thedevelopment of a special musical pacifier for prematurebabies.

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