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Human Infants' Perception of Auditory Patterns

  • Author(s): Trehub, Sandra
  • et al.
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Abstract

Human

infants' perception of tone sequences or melodies is reviewed

 

the context

of related work with human adults and nonhuman species. For the

 

part,

infants use an adult-like pitch processing strategy that is global and

 

rather

than the local pitch strategy that is characteristic of the nonhuman species stud

 

date. Thus they encode and retain the pitch configuration or contour of

 

with

little attention to the absolute pitches of individual notes. In the case

 

structured melodies,

specifically, melodies that are prototypical of Western music, in

 

encode

more precise relations, notably the intervals or exact pitch relations be

 

adjacent

notes. Finally, the functional significance of relational pitch

 

in

human infancy is

 

considered

processing

tween

fants

of well

a melody,

ied

to

 

relational

most

in

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