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Child Psychology

Music and Brain Development

The link is recognized by Georgia Head Start program

*****, the ***** Head start organization began distributing CD's with classical music on them to every newborn child's mother as part of a progr*****m designed to aid in the early childhood development of children's intelligence. Some applaud Governor Zell Miller's push to establish this program as a step in ***** direction of improving the he*****lth and well being of a future generation. Others, citing disagreements with the research behind ***** *****, doubt as to whether this program is beneficial to children, or just a bureaucratic waste ***** time. This paper will research the date ***** ***** initiative, attempt to evaluate the desires of those who support and oppose the initiative, and then consider changes in the policy which may further ***** the mental and social development of ***** children.

Proponents say:

Governor ***** Miller was instru***** in establishing Georgia's policy. Influenced by that proposed a connection between listening to ***** music *****nd increased mathematics and spatial reasoning ability, the governor asked for $105,000 to produce ***** distribute a classical music to parents ***** newborns. Gov. Miller's initiative is one of the best-known examples of how ***** translate research into public policy. Specifically, the research that suggests

***** years prior, the Carnegie Foundation released a 1994 paper called "*****ing Points: Meeting the Needs of Our Youngest Children." (

The document warned ***** ***** United States was facing a "quiet crisis" due to in*****dequate child care and the high cost ***** *****'s health care, and drew upon five key neuroscience findings ***** make its recommendations:

the brain's development ***** the prenatal period and the first year of life ***** more extensive than previously thought;

brain development is more susceptible to early environmental influences than previously thought;

***** environmental ***** on the brain are long-lasting;

early environmental influences affect ***** way that the brain ***** "hard-wired"; and early stress has been proven to have a negative impact on brain functi*****. (*****.org)

***** the national level, the milest***** for zero-to-three advocates was the White House Conference on Early Development and Learning on April 17, 1997.The conference invited scientists, ***** development experts, and o*****rs to discuss the latest neuroscience ***** in children's brain development. President Cl*****n was inspired enough by the research to include a ***** plug in the same years "State of the Union" address.

Learning begins in the first days of life. Scientists are now discovering ***** young children develop emotionally and intellectually from their very first *****, ***** how important it is ***** p*****nts to begin immediately talking, singing, even reading ***** their infants... We already know we should start teaching children before they start school." President Clinton

***** the ***** period, another organization called The Music Intelligence Neural Development (M.I.N.D. ®) Institute was established by the team of scientists. They performed ground breaking ***** specifically utilizing music as a window into higher brain function. At ***** core of this research, ***** formulated a structured model that


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