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The Emotional Baby: How Infants Respond to Music

Dr. Laurel Trainor, National Geographic Magazine (November, 2013)

Emotional babyAt last count, 25 million people had viewed a YouTube clip of an infant smiling tearfully while her mother sings a bittersweet Rod Stewart ballad. While that’s only anecdotal evidence of music’s power, science also suggests that music taps into something deep inside the human brain even before we can talk.

To learn more about how babies respond to music, National Geographic interviewed Dr. Laurel Trainor, Director of McMaster University’s Institute for Music and the Mind in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

Click here to read the full interview