Protocol Information

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Title Infant Environment Study
Description The purpose of this study is to better understand food reinforcement in infants and toddlers using a music enhancement program.

Study Visits will be at the University at Buffalo, South Campus

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Objective We have recently shown that a structured program to enhance music engagement in infants who are strongly motivated to eat can shift their choice from food to music. The goal of this study is to expand on this preliminary research and examine long-term effects of this intervention in infants who are highly motivated to eat. We are proposing to randomize 92 healthy infants who are high in food reinforcement to a music enhancement program versus an attention placebo play date and assess changes in food/non-food reinforcement, infant energy intake, weight for length z-score, and enriched home environment, and follow the development of these infants over a 24 month period. We predict that the music program, in comparison to the control play date, will result in a shift in choice from a motivation to eat to a motivation to engage in alternatives to eating (Specific Aim 1) and thus reduce energy intake (Specific Aim 1a), lower weight for length z-score (zWFL) (Specific Aim 2), and create a more enriched home environment (Specific Aim 3) at each measurement interval. We propose that enhancing the motivation to engage in alternatives to eating represents a novel

Keywords: infants,behavioral, music, dietary intake, weight status
Principal Investigator KONG, KAI LING
Age Group Children
Drugs Involved
Status Open
Key Eligibility Infants 9-15 months
infants with high FRR scores
Must appear to be healthy
Infant of singleton (i.e. not twin or multiple)
Not allergic to puffed grains
Disease Group Behavioral Research; Children's Health/Pediatrics
Contact Katherine Gerard