Musical learning and language development.

TitleMusical learning and language development.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSaffran JR
JournalAnn N Y Acad Sci
Volume999
Pagination397-401
Date Published2003 Nov
ISSN0077-8923
KeywordsBrain, Humans, Infant, Language Development, Learning, Music
Abstract

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