Tuning in to musical rhythms: infants learn more readily than adults.

  title={Tuning in to musical rhythms: infants learn more readily than adults.},
  author={Erin E. Hannon and Sandra E. Trehub},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={102 35},
Domain-general tuning processes may guide the acquisition of perceptual knowledge in infancy. Here, we demonstrate that 12-month-old infants show an adult-like, culture-specific pattern of responding to musical rhythms, in contrast to the culture-general responding that is evident at 6 months of age. Nevertheless, brief exposure to foreign music enables 12-month-olds, but not adults, to perceive rhythmic distinctions in foreign musical contexts. These findings may indicate a sensitive period… CONTINUE READING
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