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Alteration of adults' subjective feeling of familiarity toward infants' sounds.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18986049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many adults may have lower subjective feelings of familiarity toward infants' vocalizations since infants' sounds are different from those of adults. However, mothers frequently exposed to infants' vocalizations may be more familiar and less averse. To test this hypothesis, 21 mothers (M age = 31.1 yr., SD = 4.3) of infants (M age = 8.2 mo., SD = 3.5), 18 mothers (M age = 34.4 yr., SD = 4.8) of children between two and five years of age (M age = 2.8 yr., SD = 1.0), and 17 women (M age = 29.2 yr., SD = ll.1) with no children were exposed to 20 types of sounds. Of these sounds, 14 were produced by infants. Although the mothers of infants did not recognize sounds as those of an infant's vocalization, they showed higher subjective feelings of familiarity toward the timbres of the vowel-like stimuli than did the other groups. By contrast, the subjective feelings of familiarity for nonspeech sounds did not differ among groups. Maternal experiences may change women's recognition of perceived sounds.
Y Shimada; S Itakura
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  107     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-06     Completed Date:  2009-01-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo, Kyoto, Japan 606-8501.
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MeSH Terms
Auditory Perception*
Child Behavior / psychology
Child, Preschool
Infant Behavior / psychology*
Mother-Child Relations*
Recognition (Psychology)*

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