Enhancing Alternatives to Eating in Infancy

Epstein | Eiden | Kong
This study will examine the effect of a two-year music enhancement intervention program on altering infants’ food motivation compared to motivation for alternative reinforcing activities.

The goal of this study is to examine long-term effects of an intervention designed to increase motivation to engage in activities other than food intake in infants who are highly motivated to eat. About 92 healthy infants who are high in food reinforcement will be randomized to a music enhancement program versus an attention placebo play date. Researchers will assess changes in food/nonfood reinforcement, infant energy intake, enriched home environment, weight for length z-score, and follow development of these infants over a 24 month period.

Principal Investigator
Leonard Epstein, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
University at Buffalo

Rina Das Eiden, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Kai Ling Kong, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
University at Buffalo

Funding Agency
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

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