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Two Randomized Trials Provide No Consistent Evidence for Nonmusical Cognitive Benefits of Brief Preschool Music Enrichment
Young children regularly engage in musical activities, but the effects of early music education on children's cognitive development are unknown. While some studies have found associations betweenExpand
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Spontaneous Motor Entrainment to Music in Multiple Vocal Mimicking Species
The human capacity for music consists of certain core phenomena, including the tendency to entrain, or align movement, to an external auditory pulse [1-3]. This ability, fundamental both for musicExpand
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Tracking Replicability as a Method of Post-Publication Open Evaluation
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We propose tracking replications as a means of post-publication evaluation, both to help researchers identify reliable findings and to incentivize the publication of reliable results. Expand
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Infant-directed speech drives social preferences in 5-month-old infants.
Adults across cultures speak to infants in a specific infant-directed manner. We asked whether infants use this manner of speech (infant- or adult-directed) to guide their subsequent visualExpand
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Reasoning about ‘irrational’ actions: When intentional movements cannot be explained, the movements themselves are seen as the goal
Infants and adults are thought to infer the goals of observed actions by calculating the actions' efficiency as a means to particular external effects, like reaching an object or location. However,Expand
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Auditory-motor entrainment in vocal mimicking species
  • Adena Schachner
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Communicative & integrative biology
  • 1 May 2010
We have recently found robust evidence of motor entrainment to auditory stimuli in multiple species of non-human animal, all of which were capable of vocal mimicry. In contrast, the ability remainedExpand
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Babies know bad dancing when they see it: Older but not younger infants discriminate between synchronous and asynchronous audiovisual musical displays.
Movement to music is a universal human behavior, yet little is known about how observers perceive audiovisual synchrony in complex musical displays such as a person dancing to music, particularlyExpand
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Acoustic regularities in infant-directed vocalizations across cultures
Humans often produce vocalizations for infants that differ from vocalizations for adults. Is this property common across societies? The forms of infant-directed vocalizations may be shaped by theirExpand
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Is the bias for function-based explanations culturally universal? Children from China endorse teleological explanations of natural phenomena.
Young children in Western cultures tend to endorse teleological (function-based) explanations broadly across many domains, even when scientifically unwarranted. For instance, in contrast to WesternExpand
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If horses entrain, don’t entirely reject vocal learning: An experience-based vocal learning hypothesis
Bregman and colleagues describe methods for testing whether horses entrain their actions to an auditory beat. If horses can entrain, does this necessarily imply that there is no causal relationshipExpand
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