Behavioral methods in infancy: pitfalls of single measures
Article first published online: 23 APR 2012
© 2012 New York Academy of Sciences.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume 1252, The Neurosciences and Music IV Learning and Memory pages 37–42, April 2012
How to Cite
Trehub, S. E. (2012), Behavioral methods in infancy: pitfalls of single measures. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1252: 37–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2012.06448.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2012
This paper outlines the principal behavioral methods used to study music processing in infancy. The advantages of conditioning procedures are offset by high attrition rates and restrictions on the stimuli that can be used. The head-turn preference procedure is more user-friendly but poses greater interpretive challenges. In view of the multidimensional nature of infant attention, no single response measure, whether behavioral, physiological, or neural, can provide unambiguous information about music processing in infancy. Greater use of ecologically valid stimuli is likely to generate increased cooperation from infants and greater generality of the findings.