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Conventional rhythms enhance infants' and adults' perception of musical patterns.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19058799     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Listeners may favour particular rhythms because of their degree of conformity to culture-specific expectations or because of perceptual constraints that are apparent early in development. In two experiments we examined adults' and 6-month-old infants' detection of subtle rhythmic and melodic changes to two sequences of tones, a conventional rhythm that musically untrained adults rated as rhythmically good and an unconventional rhythm that was rated as poor. Detection of the changes was above chance in all conditions, but adults and infants performed more accurately in the context of the conventional rhythm. Unlike adults, who benefited from rhythmic conventionality only when detecting rhythmic changes, infants benefited when detecting melodic as well as rhythmic changes. The findings point to infant and adult parallels for some aspects of rhythm processing and to integrated perception of rhythm and melody early in life.
Sandra E Trehub; Erin E Hannon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0010-9452     ISO Abbreviation:  Cortex     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-12     Completed Date:  2009-03-20     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0100725     Medline TA:  Cortex     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  110-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Aging / physiology*,  psychology*
Auditory Perception / physiology*
Discrimination (Psychology) / physiology
Music / psychology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology
Young Adult

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