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Effects of Music Intervention on the Brain Development of Preschool Children

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01275001
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 12, 2011
Last Update Posted : October 6, 2011
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The purpose of this research study is to learn more about the effects a musical intervention has on typical brain development in preschool-aged children.

Condition or disease
Child Development

Detailed Description:
This study will advance the science on brain research in young children by determining the effects of a musical intervention or training on children's brain development. The study will investigate how regular instruction in the Suzuki-like method of violin affects brain structure and function over the course of approximately five (5) months in preschool-aged children participating in an Early Childhood/Headstart preschool program when compared to a control group of their peers.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 34 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Effects of Music Intervention on the Brain Development of Preschool Children
Study Start Date : December 2010
Primary Completion Date : June 2011
Study Completion Date : June 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Toddler Health
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Groups and Cohorts

Group/Cohort
Intervention children
Children who are receiving a Suzuki-like violin instruction through their participation in an Early Childhood/Headstart preschool program
Control Group
Preschool-age children who are not receiving Suzuki-like violin instruction


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cortical mantle thickness [ Time Frame: 5 months ]
    Measure cortical mantle thickness in unsedated preschool-age children with an initial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and compare to measured cortical mantle thickness after a second MRI scan in the same children after 5 months


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Hippocampal volume [ Time Frame: 5 months ]
    Measure hippocampal volumes in unsedated preschool-age children with an initial MRI scan and compare hippocampal volumes in the same children with a second MRI scan after 5 months


Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 5 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Participants in this research project will be involved with a different research project (Avera Family Wellness Program) investigating the effects of a family-based wellness approach to addressing emotional-behavioral needs of preschool-age children and their families. The Avera Family Wellness Program (AFWP) consists of a group of children who receive the family-based intervention and a group of control preschool-age children.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children who are between the ages of 3 and 4.5 years old and are involved in the intervention arm of the Avera Family Wellness Program
  • Children who are between the ages of 3 and 4.5 years old and are involved in the control arm of the Avera Family Wellness Program

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to provide written consent to participate in the research project
  • Unable to complete the MRI scan
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, South Dakota
Avera Research Institute
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States, 57105
Sponsors and Collaborators
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Timothy Soundy, MD Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center
More Information

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01275001     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AIHBG-1360-MRI
First Posted: January 12, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 6, 2011
Last Verified: January 2011

Keywords provided by Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center:
brain
brain development
MRI
preschool children
cortical mantle thickness
hippocampal volume