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Re: Innate responses to sound

My two cents:

at least for the visual system, it is argued (Kellman, 1996) that
development starts with:

- a focus on those sensory features that most reliably discriminate
between properties of the environment (accuracy of perception, i.e., a
Hit, is more important than a failure to detect, i.e., a Miss)

and, with development, switches to

- a generalized focus on all the available sensory information,
independent of its accuracy in signaling environment properties (a
Miss is worst than a False Alarm).

I wonder whether the same can be said for auditory
cognition/perception: it would pose the problem of explaining how the
newborn perceptual system either already has a knowledge of
information accuracy, or learns about in a very short period.


 author = {P. J. Kellman},
 title = {The origins of object perception},
 booktitle = {Handbook of perception and cognition, Volume 8:
Perceptual and cognitive development},
 publisher = {Academic Press},
 year = {1996},
 editor = {R. Gelman and T. {Kit--Fong Au}},
 pages = {3--48},
 address = {San Diego, CA}

Bruno L. Giordano, Ph.D.
Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory
CIRMMT http://www.cirmmt.mcgill.ca/
Schulich School of Music, McGill University
555 Sherbrooke Street West
MontrÃal, QC H3A 1E3
Office: +1 514 398 4535 ext. 00900

Martin Braun wrote:
> Dear Ross and others,
>> I am looking for papers (or books) on responses to sound that are likely
>> to be innate in humans.
> I assume that most of us would agree with the description that in humans the ability of "conscious", i.e. post-cognitive, control of breathing is innate.
> An analogue status of innateness has been observed for the human auditory abilities of absolute pitch (AP) and relative pitch (RP).
> Unfortunately, the innateness of both AP and RP has often been missed in the literature, because the focus has usually been on cognitive versions of AP and RP. These cognitive versions can only develop after some kind of contact with musical culture.
> We should bear in mind, though, that almost all children easily learn to generalize their mothers' speech intonation intervals, even when they are largely down-transposed by male adults or largely high-transposed by other children.
> Martin
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