Emotion and music in infancy

  title={Emotion and music in infancy},
  author={Sandra E. Trehub and Takayuki Nakata},
  journal={Musicae Scientiae},
  pages={37 - 61}
The infant's environment is filled with musical input. Mothers’ speech to infants is music-like, exhibiting a variety of musical features that reflect its emotional expressiveness. Although this speech has similar melodic contours across cultures, which reflect comparable expressive intentions, each mother has individually distinctive interval patterns or speech tunes. Mothers also sing to infants in an emotive manner, their repeated performances being unusually stable in pitch and tempo… 

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