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Keywords:

  • infant learning;
  • statistical learning;
  • music;
  • language

Abstract: How do infant learners acquire structure, given complex environ-ments? In this chapter, we consider the role played by statistical learning—tracking patterns in the environment—in the acquisition of language and music. The results from a series of experiments suggest that similar learning mechanisms may operate in both domains, but that these mechanisms are also influenced by domain-specific perceptual biases and input structure.