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Timbre-independent extraction of pitch in newborn infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19055501     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The ability to separate pitch from other spectral sound features, such as timbre, is an important prerequisite of veridical auditory perception underlying speech acquisition and music cognition. The current study investigated whether or not newborn infants generalize pitch across different timbres. Perceived resonator size is an aspect of timbre that informs the listener about the size of the sound source, a cue that may be important already at birth. Therefore, detection of infrequent pitch changes was tested by recording event-related brain potentials in healthy newborn infants to frequent standard and infrequent pitch-deviant sounds while the perceived resonator size of all sounds was randomly varied. The elicitation of an early negative and a later positive discriminative response by deviant sounds demonstrated that the neonate auditory system represents pitch separately from timbre, thus showing advanced pitch processing capabilities.
Gábor P Háden; Gábor Stefanics; Martin D Vestergaard; Susan L Denham; István Sziller; István Winkler
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychophysiology     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0048-5772     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychophysiology     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-14     Completed Date:  2009-03-20     Revised Date:  2013-04-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0142657     Medline TA:  Psychophysiology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  69-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Infant, Newborn
Pitch Perception / physiology*
Grant Support
G0500221//Medical Research Council; G0500221(73813)//Medical Research Council

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