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

Sarah Gerson, Andrea Schiavio, Renee Timmers, Sabine Hunnius

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0130960
Number of pages16
JournalPLoS One
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2015

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