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Peti22 March 2009 at 12:17amPosts: 21 (0 today)Status: offline
Dear Fellow Moon Clubbers,
I thought some of you out there might be interested to learn about this, especially if you love music (that's a given) AND just a little science. This is something that would definitely interest Peter, I presume.
NEWBORN INFANTS DETECT THE BEAT IN MUSIC
Istva´n Winklera,b,1, Ga´ bor P. Ha´dena,c, Olivia Ladinigd, Istva´n Szillere, and Henkjan Honingd
To shed light on how humans can learn to understand music, we
need to discover what the perceptual capabilities with which
infants are born. Beat induction, the detection of a regular pulse in
an auditory signal, is considered a fundamental human trait that,
arguably, played a decisive role in the origin of music. Theorists are
divided on the issue whether this ability is innate or learned. We
show that newborn infants develop expectation for the onset of
rhythmic cycles (the downbeat), even when it is not marked by
stress or other distinguishing spectral features. Omitting the
downbeat elicits brain activity associated with violating sensory
expectations. Thus, our results strongly support the view that beat
perception is innate.
I had a problem providing the link to the article, but you can find it by searching for the title on the following page:
It's an OPEN ACCESS article, so you can freely download it if you are interested in the full version (it's not long). ENJOY!
Peter Antonyi (Hungary)
Synnie22 March 2009 at 1:13amPosts: 4169 (0 today)Status: offline
Thank you, interesting!
But do not forget, that the very first rhythm is the mother's heartbeat. . .and a lot of first experiences go via drummings in that rhythm, be it quiet, normal or excited, passed on in many generations.
Which is, why also shamanistic rituals all over the world are based on this.
Synnie22 March 2009 at 1:17amPosts: 4169 (0 today)Status: offline
Not to forget, that whichever culture or religion, who ignores this, are "baseless", so to say. It always switches back, particularly when ignored for too long.
There are loads of according examples.
We simply need this.