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Examining infants' preferences for tempo in lullabies and playsongs.
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PMID:  21639609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Caregivers around the world sing to their infants. Infants not only prefer to listen to infant-directed singing over adult-directed singing, but infant-directed singing also serves a function, communicating affective information to preverbal infants to aid in adjusting arousal levels. Pitch variation has previously been identified as one performance feature that may help to convey the message. Earlier research has indicated that infants' pitch preferences are context dependent, suggesting that infants are tuned in to the communicative intent of infant-directed singing. However, there are several other performance-based features present in infant-directed singing that may also contribute to the affective message. The current study examined the role of context on infants' tempo preferences in sung playsongs and lullabies. Using a head-turn preference procedure, we measured 24 preverbal infants' natural preferences for foreign language playsongs and lullabies as a function of tempo. Infants showed a preference for fast over slow tempo playsongs, but no such context dependent preference was found within lullabies. Results partially support the role of tempo as a communicative feature of infant directed singing. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved).
Nicole J Conrad; Jennifer Walsh; Jennifer M Allen; Christine D Tsang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of experimental psychology = Revue canadienne de psychologie experimentale     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-7290     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-6-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315513     Medline TA:  Can J Exp Psychol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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