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Constraints on infants' musical rhythm perception: effects of interval ratio complexity and enculturation.
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PMID:  21676105     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Effects of culture-specific experience on musical rhythm perception are evident by 12 months of age, but the role of culture-general rhythm processing constraints during early infancy has not been explored. Using a habituation procedure with 5- and 7-month-old infants, we investigated effects of temporal interval ratio complexity on discrimination of standard from novel musical patterns containing 200-ms disruptions. Infants were tested in three ratio conditions: simple (2:1), which is typical in Western music, complex (3:2), which is typical in other musical cultures, and highly complex (7:4), which is relatively rare in music throughout the world. Unlike adults and older infants, whose accuracy was predicted by familiarity, younger infants were influenced by ratio complexity, as shown by their successful discrimination in the simple and complex conditions but not in the highly complex condition. The findings suggest that ratio complexity constrains rhythm perception even prior to the acquisition of culture-specific biases.
Erin E Hannon; Gaye Soley; Rachel S Levine
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-04-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  865-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, USA  Department of Psychology, Harvard University, USA  Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.
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