In this unique project we have tried to study the influence of music upon infants – newborns . We have tested the EEG signals from the babies mind while listening to a variety of musical pieces
In this unique project we have tried to study the influence of music upon infants – newborns . We have tested the EEG signals from the babies mind while listening to a variety of musical pieces. Processing these EEG signals was a complicated issue , knowing that EEG signals are full of noise from the environment , we have used a great number of well known digital processing algorithms.
The EEG signals are ElectroEncephaloGram signals , meaning they are individual signals , such as little dipoles , each dipole is individual and not related to the others , the idea of processing these signals and finding a specific pattern is a difficult issue . our assumption at the beginning was that if there is an influence of the music upon the human brain (EEG signals) it would be described as a pattern that appears every time music is broadcasted. That was our launching point , and our guiding rule .
The basic approach
As mentioned before , we have tried to look for a certain pattern in the EEG signals (looking at the Freq. Time space) that appears every time the baby listens to music.
Our basic tool was Matlab 7.01 .
Our final result is that there is NO influence of the music upon infants (testing EEG signals) , but , we encourage further testing and researching in this subject with several advices and changes that should be made (As listed in the final report)
We are grateful to our project supervisor Hagai Kirshner for his help and guidance throughout this work, and also to Johanan, the Engineer of the lab.