Prenatal Music Exposure Induces Long-Term Neural Effects

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Partanen , E , Kujala , T , Tervaniemi , M & Huotilainen , M 2013 , ' Prenatal Music Exposure Induces Long-Term Neural Effects ' , PLoS One , vol. 8 , no. 10 , 78946 , pp. 1-6 . https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0078946

Title: Prenatal Music Exposure Induces Long-Term Neural Effects
Author: Partanen, Eino; Kujala, Teija; Tervaniemi, Mari; Huotilainen, Minna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Education Common Matters
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2013-10-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: PLoS One
ISSN: 1932-6203
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/161090
Abstract: We investigated the neural correlates induced by prenatal exposure to melodies using brains' event-related potentials (ERPs). During the last trimester of pregnancy, the mothers in the learning group played the ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ -melody 5 times per week. After birth and again at the age of 4 months, we played the infants a modified melody in which some of the notes were changed while ERPs to unchanged and changed notes were recorded. The ERPs were also recorded from a control group, who received no prenatal stimulation. Both at birth and at the age of 4 months, infants in the learning group had stronger ERPs to the unchanged notes than the control group. Furthermore, the ERP amplitudes to the changed and unchanged notes at birth were correlated with the amount of prenatal exposure. Our results show that extensive prenatal exposure to a melody induces neural representations that last for several months.
Subject: EVENT-RELATED POTENTIALS
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE
AUDITORY-CORTEX
EARLY INFANCY
FETAL
PLASTICITY
BRAIN
MATURATION
NEWBORNS
PREFER
515 Psychology
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