Musical learning and language development.

TitleMusical learning and language development.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSaffran JR
JournalAnn N Y Acad Sci
Date Published2003 Nov
KeywordsBrain, Humans, Infant, Language Development, Learning, Music

How do infant learners acquire structure, given complex environments? In this chapter, we consider the role played by statistical learning-tracking patterns in the environment-in the acquisition of language and music. The results from a series of experiments suggest that similar learning mechanisms may operate in both domains, but that these mechanisms are also influenced by domain-specific perceptual biases and input structure.

Alternate JournalAnn. N. Y. Acad. Sci.
PubMed ID14681164
Grant ListR01HD37466 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States