Mehler J, Bertoncini J, Barrière M, Jassik-Gerschenfeld D, 1978, "Infant recognition of mother's voice" Perception 7(5) 491 – 497
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Infant recognition of mother's voice
Jacques Mehler, Josiane Bertoncini, Michèle Barrière, Dora Jassik-Gerschenfeld
Received 29 July 1976, in revised form 31 October 1977
Abstract. Each of a group of one-month-old infants was reinforced, contingent upon nonnutritive sucking, with its mother's voice and the voice of a stranger. In this experiment, two conditions were applied. Under the first, the mother's speech was aimed at communicating with the infant, while, under the second, the mother's speech lacked prosodic and intonational aspects of normal speech. It was shown that infants will suck more for their mother's voices under the intonated condition only. It was concluded that a young infant prefers its own mother's voice provided the mother speaks normally.
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