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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Music and learning: Hey, baby, they’re playing your song

Eugenia Costa-Giomi. Photo by Marsha Miller

Eugenia Costa-Giomi. Photo by Marsha Miller

Music Professor Eugenia Costa-Giomi gave me a test that she gives to infants as part of her musical cognition research.

Infants pass the test. I failed.

The consolation was that most other adults fail, too.

The test is to watch and listen to alternating videos of two young women singing two different melodies, which are Bach minuets. In the first set of videos, one woman sings one melody and the other sings another melody.

In the second set, things
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