Musical playschool activities are linked to faster auditory development during preschool-age : a longitudinal ERP study

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Putkinen , V , Tervaniemi , M & Huotilainen , M 2019 , ' Musical playschool activities are linked to faster auditory development during preschool-age : a longitudinal ERP study ' , Scientific Reports , vol. 9 , 11310 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-47467-z

Title: Musical playschool activities are linked to faster auditory development during preschool-age : a longitudinal ERP study
Author: Putkinen, Vesa; Tervaniemi, Mari; Huotilainen, Minna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Cognitive Brain Research Unit
University of Helsinki, CICERO Learning
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture
Date: 2019-08-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Scientific Reports
ISSN: 2045-2322
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311930
Abstract: The influence of musical experience on brain development has been mostly studied in school-aged children with formal musical training while little is known about the possible effects of less formal musical activities typical for preschool-aged children (e.g., before the age of seven). In the current study, we investigated whether the amount of musical group activities is reflected in the maturation of neural sound discrimination from toddler to preschool-age. Specifically, we recorded event-related potentials longitudinally (84 recordings from 33 children) in a mismatch negativity (MMN) paradigm to different musically relevant sound changes at ages 2-3, 4-5 and 6-7 years from children who attended a musical playschool throughout the follow-up period and children with shorter attendance to the same playschool. In the first group, we found a gradual positive to negative shift in the polarities of the mismatch responses while the latter group showed little evidence of age-related changes in neural sound discrimination. The current study indicates that the maturation of sound encoding indexed by the MMN may be more protracted than once thought and provides first longitudinal evidence that even quite informal musical group activities facilitate the development of neural sound discrimination during early childhood.
Subject: MISMATCH NEGATIVITY MMN
BRAIN POTENTIALS
SENSORY MEMORY
SOUND CHANGES
DISCRIMINATION
CHILDREN
SPEECH
MATURATION
INFANTS
RESPONSES
3112 Neurosciences
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
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