Special Issue "Sound in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2021) | Viewed by 22450
Interests: developmental science (infancy); lifespan music psychology
Interests: developmental science; vocal communication; typical and atypical development
Interests: bio-behavioral mechanisms of early vocal interactions; musicality; prematurity
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
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- Infant-directed speech
- Music and music therapy
- Parent–infant interaction