How Infants Respond to Music

by Rachel Baker on November 13, 2013

Here’s an interview with Dr. Laurel Trainor about how infants respond to music. Its very interesting.

Have you seen the “emotional baby” video yet? At last count, 25 million people had viewed this 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, we interviewed Dr. Laurel Trainor, director of McMaster University’s Institute for Music and the Mind in Hamilton, Ontario.

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