Doctors will test whether Mozart can reduce stress in babies

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:688
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Doctors at Weill Medical College of Cornell University have decided to run a trial to see whether the music of Mozart affects levels of stress, heart rate, and motor activity in premature babies.

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    A number of reports have described the beneficial effects of Mozart's music. Newly arrived babies at the Kosice-saca hospital in eastern Slovakia (above) are played the work of the Austrian composer to help them recover from the trauma of birth.

    In the Cornell University trial Mozart will be played through a small speaker in the baby's incubator, and the volume of the music will be set at 10 dB above average ambient noise, which is usually around 55 dB or about the same as a running refrigerator. A monitoring device will record movement, while a video camera will capture the reactions of the infants to the music.

    More details on the trial, number NCT00224211 [], are given at

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