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Infant memory for musical experiences. Cognition 2000 Oct 16;77(1):B15-23

Date

09/12/2000

Pubmed ID

10980255

DOI

10.1016/s0010-0277(00)00095-0

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-0034676242   75 Citations

Abstract

Recent findings suggest that infants can remember words from stories over 2 week delays (Jusczyk, P. W., & Hohne, E. A. (1997). Infants' memory for spoken words. Science, 277, 1984-1986). Because music, like language, presents infants with a massively complex auditory learning task, it is possible that infant memory for musical stimuli is equally powerful. Seven-month-old infants heard two Mozart sonata movements daily for 2 weeks. Following a 2 week retention interval, the infants were tested on passages of the familiarized music, and passages taken from similar but novel music. Results from two experiments suggest that the infants retained the familiarized music in long-term memory, and that their listening preferences were affected by the extent to which familiar passages were removed from the musical contexts within which they were originally learned.

Author List

Saffran JR, Loman MM, Robertson RR

Author

Michelle Loman Moudry PhD Assistant Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Female
Humans
Infant
Male
Mental Recall
Music
Psychology, Child