Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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    Author Angela Barker


    Current Research for Early Childhood Music & Movement Educators

    Perani, D., Saccuman, M. C., Scifo, P., Spada, D., Andreolli, G., Rovelli, R., Baldoli, C., & Koelsch, S. (2010). Functional specializations for music processing in the human newborn brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(10) 4758-4763. doi:10.1073/pnas.0909074107

    Although researchers believe they may have identified the neural networks responsible for nonmusician adults’ music processing skills, it is yet unknown whether the human propensity for processing music stimuli is biologically innate or the result of long-term exposure to the music of one’s environment.  These researchers used fMRI (functional MRI) to measure the brain activity of 1- to 3-day-old newborns (N = 18) listening to brief excerpts of 18th and 19th c. Western tonal music and tonal alterations of the same excerpts.  The researchers wanted to know “whether the newborn brain would be sensitive to subtle…

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