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Prenatal/Infant Music Research

What’s all the fuss?

The Puccini Effect™ is a term I coined to show pregnant women and moms of all ages why their voices are so important to their infants’ language development. You can read more about the Puccini Effect™ and then check out the partial list of articles and research links below to get a better understanding of just how important your voice is to your baby.

ABC News – an article about research done by Dr. Ruth Hewston, University of Warwick (UK) about singing and language development

American Psychological Association – an article, “Pitch Perfect,” about a recent study reported in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America about absolute pitch in infants and the relationship between musical pitches and early childhood language development

BBC – report about research published in the journal, Neuropsychology, regarding a study at the University of China, Hong Kong, and the positive influence of musical training on visual memory.

Diana Deutsch, PhD, prominent researcher on the psychology of music. Follow her Publications link to see more about her work.

Harvard University – “Music on the Brain” research about the biology of music

MuSICA – So many early research articles from the Music and Science Information Computer Archive (MuSICA) about the effects of music on the brain that it boggles my brain! Check them out. They’ve been around a long time.

McMaster University, Toronto, Auditory Development Lab – studies about how infants perceive sound and the connection between music and language

National Center for Biotechnology Information – 14+ studies on infant speech

National Institutes of Health: Brain Mechanisms in Early Language Acquisition article

PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) – Mother’s Voice and Auditory Plasticity

Telegraph (UK) – The Healing Power of Song – An article that addresses the physical and mental benefits of singing, including how singing releases endorphins in the brain, how melodies impact speech and language development in babies and other information about singing and health

Ted talk by Dr. Patricia Kuhl (Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences) about language acquisition in infancy based on her extensive work on infant brain development, including how maternal voice patterns impact infant language development

University of Texas at Austin – Baby babble’s first vowel and consonant sounds ‘aw’ and ‘m’ linked to languages worldwide

The optimum time for your baby is during pregnancy to 3 years so GET STARTED NOW!.

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