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

Geramian, Helene

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.  

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Psychology (Barnard College)
Thesis Advisors
Fifer, William P.
Degree
B.A., Barnard College
Published Here
May 26, 2011