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Classical Music and its effects on the Neonate In Todays society music is very diverse It produces feelings and emotions sensed by all walks of life Different styles of music tend to give different ideas and impressions to people It affects everyone it comes in contact with and it is more powerful than we are willing to understand Classical music is known as being a form of music that is thought to help the cognitive right side of the brain develop It has been said that music making itself has the ability to increase ones brain capacity and resources by strengthening the connections between the neurons And it has been proven that even the neonate will react to music Classical music especially has a positive effect on neonatal development In the Irish Journal of Psychology 1991 12 pp 95-107 Petter G Hepper studied music and its effects on the neonate He found that the neonate two to four day old remembered a tune that was played to him as a fetus Still in the womb un-birthed Upon hearing the song the neonates movements and heart rate would change Another astounding fact discovered was that the fetus twenty-nine to thirty weeks old showed certain behavioral responses to songs played to him in his earlier stages of development In both of these cases there were specific behavioral responses to certain tunes the baby was previously exposed to Therefore his results suggest that the learning and remembering of a melody can take place as early as the third trimester of pregnancy Studies have also been done to show that children who as neonates were exposed to classical music did better in school Reading and math were the top two subjects Notice that both of these subjects have to do with cognitive thinking First grade children were tested in math and reading and those who were taken aside to listen to classical music did
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