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A lack of evidence in 4-month-old human infants for paternal voice preference.
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PMID:  10397896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several studies have found that human infants recognize the sight, sound, smell, and touch of their mothers. Maternal recognition occurs early in development, often being influenced by prenatal experiences. In contrast, the development of infants' recognition of their fathers is not understood. We investigated whether 4-month-old human infants preferred their fathers' voices, in two different speaking contexts. In both Experiments 1 and 2, infants were tested with fathers' adult-directed (AD) or infant-directed (ID) speech. In all experiments, infants were allowed to listen to recordings of either father's or other's voice contingent on their visual attention. Results from the first two experiments showed that infants did not prefer their fathers' voices over unfamiliar male voices. However, in Experiment 3, 4-month-olds showed that they could discriminate the male voices heard in the previous studies. These data were interpreted as supporting the hypothesis that the experiences necessary for the development of maternal preferences are different from those supporting paternal preferences, and that perhaps multimodal cues are necessary for father recognition in infancy.
C D Ward; R P Cooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychobiology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0012-1630     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychobiol     Publication Date:  1999 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-08-17     Completed Date:  1999-08-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0164074     Medline TA:  Dev Psychobiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0436, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology*
Choice Behavior
Mental Recall
Speech Perception*
Voice Quality*

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