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Child Psychology

Music and Brain Development

The link is recognized by Georgia Head Start program

Recently, the ***** Head start organization began distributing CD's with classical music on them to every newborn child's mother as part of a program 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 the direction of improving the he*****lth and well being of a future generation. Others, citing disagreements with the research behind the *****, doubt as to whether this program is beneficial to children, or just a bureaucratic w*****te of time. This paper will research the date behind ***** 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 ***** social development of newborn children.

Proponents say:

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

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

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

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

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

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

***** environmental influences affect the way ***** ***** brain ***** "hard-wired"; ***** early stress has been proven to have a negative impact on brain function. (Carnegie.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 others to discuss the latest neuroscience findings 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 ***** days of life. Scientists are now discovering how young children develop emotionally and intellectually from *****ir very first days, ***** how important it is for parents to begin immediately talking, singing, even reading to their infants... We already know we should start teaching children before they start school." President Clinton

***** the same period, another organization ***** 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 *****. At the core of this research, MIND formulated a structured model that

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