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It has been suggested that playing Mozart's classical music to underweight babies can help them gain weight whereas playing Bach or Beethoven does not seem to have the same effect! It has been surmised that because there are less repetitive phrases and melodies in other music, it seems not to work as well, according to researchers.
Scientists played exerts of music to babies who were underweight and born before their due date and assessed how much energy was used compared to when the babies were not listening to the music. The music usually lasted about 30 minutes. They were testing whether babies used less energy listening to calming music compared with when they were simply at rest.
After they heard the music, the babies seemed to use less energy which meant they gained weight faster. Doctors do not know necessarily how or why there is a link, but it seems the link exists.
They agree the music makes the babies calmer and more settled. It has been suggested that the repetition in Mozart's music may affect the babies' brain's cortex but they agreed that more research is required to explain this scientifically.
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