Geneva, 2013-15, Switzerland: Premature babies are far more at risk than infants born at term of developing brain damage resulting in neurodevelopmental delay that may persist throughout their entire lives (difficulties in cognitive and emotional development). These babies, some of them already born after only 24 weeks of pregnancy, are confronted with enormously invasive and dominant stress.
A team of specialists in infant brain imaging from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG) has approached Vollenweider, to develop a specific music, which would provide a calming acoustic environment to these babies (positive emotional experiences) but at the same time would stimulate the brain activity (development of the brain). Since the beginning of the study, many children and parents have already experienced the positive effect, this particular music seems to have.
Since the beginning of the project, numerous children and parents have already benefited from this study. Using the double-blind method it could be proven that Vollenweider's "Soundtrack" apparently shows the hoped-for effect and enables significant improvements in brain development. This can counteract the otherwise widespread cognitive, emotional and social deficits.
The study was published by the National Academy of Science of the United States and the scientific publisher Elsevier. The National Geographic Magazine declared the project one of "12 innovations that will revolutionize the future of medicine".
We will keep you updated in detail on the further development of this very interesting study.
Download the study, published by Elsevier (PDF, English)