Special Issue "Sound in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabia Franco
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom
Interests: developmental science (infancy); lifespan music psychology
Prof. Dr. Mirco Fasolo
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Guest Editor
Department of Neuroscience Imaging and Clinical Sciences, University of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy
Interests: developmental science; vocal communication; typical and atypical development
Dr. Manuela Filippa
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Guest Editor
NEAD, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Interests: bio-behavioral mechanisms of early vocal interactions; musicality; prematurity
Prof. Dr. Pierre Kuhn
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Guest Editor
Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France
Interests: pediatrics; neonatal and perinatology; neuroscience; prematurity; clinical research

Special Issue Information

The particular soundscape of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been at the centre of both scrutiny, due to potential aversive effects on both infants and parents, and interest as a potential focus for early interventions ameliorating the challenges of pre-term birth. We aim to collect novel empirical evidence and state-of-the art papers from a multidisciplinary perspective (paediatric/neonatology, biomedical/neuroscience, developmental science, music psychology/music therapy, communication and affective sciences, bio-engineering and design), investigating the NICU soundscape and its impact on infants, parents, and staff. With a focus on sound, a hypothetical core structure would cover the following themes: (a) auditory development and adaptation in premature infants, (b) stress and trauma in parents at the NICU, (c) parent–infant interaction, communication and bonding at the NICU, (d) vocal and musical interaction, and music therapy in the NICU, and (e) bio-engineering and technological innovation to enhance the NICU soundscape. For each theme, we invite mostly empirical papers with original research and follow-up studies reporting the developmental outcomes of early intervention in sound-related aspects of the NICU experience. A limited number of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, case studies, and technological innovation papers relevant for the topic (no technical notes) will be welcomed. All papers will be peer-reviewed.

Dr. Fabia Franco
Prof. Dr. Mirco Fasolo
Dr. Manuela Filippa
Prof. Dr. Pierre Kuhn
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • NICU
  • Soundscape
  • Vocalisation
  • Infant-directed speech
  • Music and music therapy
  • Voice
  • Parent–infant interaction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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