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Active drumming experience increases infants' sensitivity to audiovisual synchrony during observed drumming actions

Gerson, Sarah ORCID:, Schiavio, Andrea, Timmers, Renee and Hunnius, Sabine 2015. Active drumming experience increases infants' sensitivity to audiovisual synchrony during observed drumming actions. PLoS ONE 10 (6) , e0130960. 10.1371/journal.pone.0130960

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In the current study, we examined the role of active experience on sensitivity to multisensory synchrony in six-month-old infants in a musical context. In the first of two experiments, we trained infants to produce a novel multimodal effect (i.e., a drum beat) and assessed the effects of this training, relative to no training, on their later perception of the synchrony between audio and visual presentation of the drumming action. In a second experiment, we then contrasted this active experience with the observation of drumming in order to test whether observation of the audiovisual effect was as effective for sensitivity to multimodal synchrony as active experience. Our results indicated that active experience provided a unique benefit above and beyond observational experience, providing insights on the embodied roots of (early) music perception and cognition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Additional Information: © 2015 Gerson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 27 May 2015
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 09:08

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