How music can make your baby smarter

And it's not just Mozart. Guns N' Roses works, too.

Introducing babies to music at an early age may be able to improve cognitive skills.
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New parents might want to put a pint-sized tambourine in their babies' hands and start them shaking. A new study has shown that musical playtime improves the way 9-month-olds' brains process both music and speech, and could have a positive effect on infants' development of cognitive skills in general.

At the heart of the study is the importance of perceiving rhythmic patterns, which both music and speech have in spades. Listeners use the timing of syllables to differentiate one speech sound from another, explains CBS News.

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