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ERIC Number: EJ892921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Discovering Structure in Auditory Input: Evidence from Williams Syndrome
Elsabbagh, Mayada; Cohen, Henri; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v115 n2 p128-139 Mar 2010
We examined auditory perception in Williams syndrome by investigating strategies used in organizing sound patterns into coherent units. In Experiment 1, we investigated the streaming of sound sequences into perceptual units, on the basis of pitch cues, in a group of children and adults with Williams syndrome compared to typical controls. We showed that individuals with Williams syndrome were sensitive to the same pitch cues as typical children and adults when streaming these patterns. In Experiment 2, we evaluated differences in reliance on pitch and contour cues in unfamiliar melody perception in a group of adults with Williams syndrome relative to typical control children and adults. Unlike controls who demonstrated greater proficiency when contour cues were available, adults with Williams syndrome showed no such advantage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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