According to a new study, premature babies who are exposed to music by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may gain weight faster and become stronger than those who do not.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that babies who were born prematurely and who "listened" to 30 minutes of Mozart’s music once a day expended less energy and needed fewer calories to fully develop.
For premature babies, gaining weight before leaving the hospital is imperative. A healthy weight helps keep infants immune from various infections and diseases that are prevalent in hospitals.
"It’s not exactly clear how the music is affecting them, but it makes them calmer and less likely to be agitated," said co-author of the study Dror Mendel.
"The repetitive melodies in Mozart’s music may be affecting the organizational centers of the brain’s cortex," he added.
The research was inspired by a controversial 1993 study that suggested college students can improve their IQ by listening to 10 minutes of Mozart’s music each day.
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