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12/02/2009 13:33:00 Auditory perception Newborn hearing is almost adult-like Prefer listening to voices Prefer infant-directed speech (IDS) o Characteristic prosody (music of language) Pitch and rhythm Similar across cultures Even in American sign language Cannot change pitch but the use larger signs, everything is slower, face is more animated o Why IDS? Attention-grabbing and maintaining May facilitate language learning Provides emotional information before they know the meanings of the words Fernald: conflicting words and prosody (video clip, “No, don’t, don’t touch!”) o And infant- directed music! Building Blocks of speech perception Phonemes: “letters” of speech o [b], [g], [k], [i], [u] Do we perceive speech in a special way? o Different from colors, music, faces, etc? Is speech perception innate? Categorical Perception (CP)
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2009 for the course PSY 560 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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