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ERIC Number: EJ850142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Infants' Memory for Musical Performances
Volkova, Anna; Trehub, Sandra E.; Schellenberg, E. Glenn
Developmental Science, v9 n6 p583-589 Nov 2006
We evaluated 6- and 7-month-olds' preference and memory for expressive recordings of sung lullabies. In Experiment 1, both age groups preferred lower-pitched to higher-pitched renditions of unfamiliar lullabies. In Experiment 2, infants were tested after 2 weeks of daily exposure to a lullaby at one pitch level. Seven-month-olds listened significantly longer to the lullaby at a novel pitch level than at the original pitch level. Six-month-olds showed no preference but their low-pitch preference was eliminated. We conclude that infants' memory for musical performances is enhanced by the ecological validity of the materials. Moreover, infants' pitch preferences are influenced by their previous exposure and by the nature of the music.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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