Monday, February 13, 2006

Music soothes the savage preemie

An article in the Miami Herald describes a research project from Florida State University. Music therapy was used to encourage sucking in premature babies, an important step in correcting feeding problems. My only issue is with the statement that "FSU has 'the only degree-granting music therapy program in the country that runs a medical program,' says Standley, named in October the 2005-06 Lawton Professor, the highest award given by the faculty." I know that Indiana University has a music therapy program connected to its medical school in Indianapolis, as does the University of Colorado - Boulder. But the article does a good job describing music perception research with infants and the goals of music therapy.

(via my mom)

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