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Preference for infant-directed singing in 2-day-old hearing infants of deaf parents

Journal/Book: Develop Psychol. 1999; 35: 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, USA. Amer Psychological Assoc. 1001-1005.

Abstract: L. J. Trainer (1996) reported preferences for infant-directed versus infant-absent singing in English in 4-7-month-old hearing infants of English-speaking hearing parents. In this experiment, the author tested preferences for infant-directed singing versus adult-directed singing in 15 two-day-old hearing infants of deaf parents for a Japanese and an English play song. Using a modified visual-fixation-based auditory-preference procedure, the author found that infants looked longer at a visual stimulus when looking produced infant-directed singing as opposed to adult-directed singing. These results suggest that infants prefer infant-directed singing over adult-directed singing and that the preference is present from birth and is not dependent on any specific prenatal or postnatal experience.

Note: Article Masataka N, Kyoto Univ, Primate Res Inst, Inuyama, Aichi 4848506, JAPAN

Keyword(s): MATERNAL SPEECH; PERCEPTION; MOTHERS


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