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    Getting into the groove: the development of tempo-flexibility between 10 and 18 months of age

    Rocha, Sinead - Elouise and Mareschal, Denis (2016) Getting into the groove: the development of tempo-flexibility between 10 and 18 months of age. Infancy 22 (4), pp. 540-551. ISSN 1525-0008.

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    Despite good early rhythm processing abilities, and clear enjoyment of music, infants appear not to be able to spontaneously synchronize their movement to the beat of a song (Zentner and Eerola, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 2010, 5768). We present a new social bell-ringing task designed to facilitate synchronous movement to music in infants. Ten-month-olds, 18-month-olds, and adults were played musical tracks of various tempos and given handheld bells to ring, in the presence of either a live experimenter or an animated nonsocial stimulus. Surface electromyography (EMG) was used to measure the timing of arm movements during periods of bell ringing. Infants showed no evidence of synchronous bell ringing at any tempo. However, while the 10-month-olds did not modulate their ringing to the music tempo, the 18-month-olds showed tempo-flexibility. Moreover, 18-month-olds displayed more associated behaviors such as bouncing and rocking in the absence (rather than presence) of a social partner, whereas the behavior of the 10-month-olds was not modulated by the presence or absence of a social partner. The results suggest a distinction between “moving together” and “moving to the beat,” which may have separate underlying mechanisms and developmental trajectories.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Educational Neuroscience, Centre for, Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
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    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 10:52
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:29


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