Infant memory for musical experiences.

TitleInfant memory for musical experiences.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsSaffran JR, Loman MM, Robertson RR
Date Published2000 Oct 16
KeywordsFemale, Humans, Infant, Male, Mental Recall, Music, Psychology, Child, Retention (Psychology)

Recent findings suggest that infants can remember words from stories over 2 week delays (Jusczyk, P. W., & Hohne, E. A. (1997). Infants' memory for spoken words. Science, 277, 1984-1986). Because music, like language, presents infants with a massively complex auditory learning task, it is possible that infant memory for musical stimuli is equally powerful. Seven-month-old infants heard two Mozart sonata movements daily for 2 weeks. Following a 2 week retention interval, the infants were tested on passages of the familiarized music, and passages taken from similar but novel music. Results from two experiments suggest that the infants retained the familiarized music in long-term memory, and that their listening preferences were affected by the extent to which familiar passages were removed from the musical contexts within which they were originally learned.

Alternate JournalCognition
PubMed ID10980255
Grant ListHD03352 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States