A new study has shown that singing calms babies better than talking.This research which was done at the University of Montreal showed that most infants can remain calm twice as long while they are listening to music rather than listening to a parent talking.
Infants are affected by music in an entirely different way than adults are. A researcher said that infants are unable to sync their external actions with the music because they lack the needed physical and mental abilities.
Many new studies are trying to better understand how singing and speech can affect the attention span of an infant. They now want to learn more about how this can also affect the control that they have over their emotions. While this is not generally a trait that babies have, researchers now believe that singing might help them develop it.
The research was done on a group of 30 infants with ages between 6 and 9 months. Their first experiment tried to see how calm the babies would remain when an adult was talking to them or they were listening to a recording. The next part of the experiment had them listening to some Turkish music in order to see how the infants would react. They chose this kind of music so that no influence from the music that their parents might listen to could interfere with the experiment.
The final results were quite impressive. While listening to the Turkish music, the babies could remain calm for an average of nine minutes. When listening to speech they could remain calm for only half as long.
A second experiment involved another group of babies but this time they were exposed to recordings in which their mothers would sing in French, their native tongue. The results were fairly similar in that the infants could remain calm for an extended period of time. Despite all of this the numbers were still lower than the Turkish music experiment. Their theory is that rhythm is more appealing to the infants, rather than words.
Scientists concluded that singing can also influence how babies control their emotions. It would seem that many mothers are missing out on the beneficial effects that singing to their babies might have on their developing brains.
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