Ospedale San Raffaele

At the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan and Italy’s first center for medical research, the Fonds K supports a research project on “The effect of music on the maternal-fetal auditory-emotional cross-talk during the late fetal period”.

When a pregnant woman speaks or sings, the melody and rhythm of her voice, transfer to the fetus through her body, carrying emotions. This maternal-fetal “dialogue” lies the neurodevelopmental foundations of a lifetime “medley” between cognition and emotion.

The goal of our project is to understand how music, during pregnancy, can hallmark the footing of brain activity in the fetus, through fetal functional brain imaging.

This project represents an important turning point for interlacing music with research and clinical interventions during pregnancy, aimed at safeguarding the cognitive and emotional tuning of any child further on in life.

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