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ERIC Number: ED410017
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 24
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Children's Electrophysiological Responses to Music.
Flohr, John W.; And Others
This study examined the electrophysiological differences between baseline EEG frequencies and EEG frequencies obtained while listening to music stimuli. The experimental group comprised 22 children, ages 4 to 6 years old, who received special music instruction twice a week for 25 minutes for 7 weeks. The control group received no music instruction. EEG was recorded during 3 conditions: 2 minutes of sitting quietly with eyes open; 2 minutes of listening to classical music; and 2 minutes assembling puzzles in the Object Assembly subtest of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence--Revised. The children also completed the Spatial Memory Test. Results indicated that the experimental group produced significantly different EEG frequencies than controls, particularly within the frequencies associated with increased cognitive processing and greater relaxation. There were no significant differences between groups on the behavior measures of spatial processing. Results suggest that a clearer understanding of how music and music-related tasks are manifested in the electrical activity of the brain is an initial step in developing better instructional strategies for early education in music. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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