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Knock Knock, Who's There? A Proposal to Explore the Acquisition of Sense of Humor in Premature Infants

Helene Geramian

Title:
Knock Knock, Who's There? A Proposal to Explore the Acquisition of Sense of Humor in Premature Infants
Author(s):
Geramian, Helene
Thesis Advisor(s):
Fifer, William P.
Date:
Type:
Undergraduate theses
Department:
Psychology (Barnard College)
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Notes:
, Barnard College.
Abstract:
Although there have been serious efforts to decrease the rates of premature infant  births in the United States, such figures have stayed constant throughout the years  (Blackwell‐Sachs and Blackburn, 2003). As preventative measures have yielded few results,  it is crucial for scientists, policy makers and physicians alike to focus their efforts on  maximizing care once the premature infant has been born. Unfortunately, infants born  before 28 weeks have a much lower rate of survival then babies born at full term (Kelly,  2006). By optimizing standardized care, there would be added benefits to alleviate both  costly hospital stays, reduce familial stress and hopefully increase developmental outcomes  for the newborn on a physical, emotional and psychological level. As more than 320,000  newborns are relegated to the care of a physician every year (Kelly, 2006) this issue is both  vast and foreseeable, which entertains the notion that research can provide aid to possibly  reduce some of these issues.  
Subject(s):
Psychology
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Suggested Citation:
Helene Geramian, 2011, Knock Knock, Who's There? A Proposal to Explore the Acquisition of Sense of Humor in Premature Infants, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:10433.

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