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ERIC Number: EJ1038000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4294
Infants' Preferential Attention to Sung and Spoken Stimuli
Costa-Giomi, Eugenia; Ilari, Beatriz
Journal of Research in Music Education, v62 n2 p188-194 Jul 2014
Caregivers and early childhood teachers all over the world use singing and speech to elicit and maintain infants' attention. Research comparing infants' preferential attention to music and speech is inconclusive regarding their responses to these two types of auditory stimuli, with one study showing a music bias and another one indicating no differential attention. The purpose of this investigation was to study 11-month-old infants' preferential attention to spoken and sung renditions of an unfamiliar folk song in a foreign language (n = 24). The results of an infant-controlled preference procedure showed no significant differences in attention to the two types of stimuli. The findings challenge infants' well-documented bias for speech over nonspeech sounds and provide evidence that music, even when performed by an untrained singer, can be as effective as speech in eliciting infants' attention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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