Music may help babies learn language skills

May 10, 2016

According to a new ABC News report, musical play may help babies pick up language skills, a new study suggests.

US researchers compared nine-month-old babies who played with toys and trucks to those who practiced banging out a rhythm during a series of play sessions.

They found the musical group showed more brain activity in regions involved with detecting patterns, an important skill when it comes to learning language.

Key points

  • First study to look at impact of music training in young babies
  • Group of babies engaged in play involving music compared to play group without music
  • Scans showed stronger responses in area of brain involved in attention and detecting patterns in the music group.
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