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Premature Baby Brain Development

Premature Baby Brain Development

The video Baby’s Brain: Wider than the Sky deals with the brain of premature babies and the impact of their prematurity on their future development. The video explores this issue in depth and explains how and why premature babies’ brains react to the world. I was aware of the fact that premature babies may have brain problems that affect their entire lives. I also knew that children who are born prematurely are predisposed to a series of developmental problems and that they are more likely to have learning problems in school. What I did not know however was the cause of this.  It was entirely new to me that, although modern equipment in the intensive care unit helps to save the babies’ lives, it actually hinders them by over stimulating their brains. Moreover, I was fascinated by the manner in which the brain chooses which connections will become stronger and which ones will prune as a result of not being used. This process was entirely new to me.