Newborn infants can organize the auditory world

István Winkler, Elena Kushnerenko, János Horváth, Rita Čeponiene, Vineta Fellman, Minna Huotilainen, Risto Näätänen, Elyse Sussman

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Abstract

The perceptual world of neonates is usually regarded as not yet being fully organized in terms of objects in the same way as it is for adults. Using a recently developed method based on electric brain responses, we found that, similarly to adults, newborn infants segregate concurrent streams of sound, allowing them to organize the auditory input according to the existing sound source. The segregation of concurrent sound streams is a crucial step in the path leading to the identification of objects in the environment. Its presence in newborn infants shows that the basic abilities required for the development of conceptual objects are available already at the time of birth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11812-11815
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume100
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 2003

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Winkler, I., Kushnerenko, E., Horváth, J., Čeponiene, R., Fellman, V., Huotilainen, M., Näätänen, R., & Sussman, E. (2003). Newborn infants can organize the auditory world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 100(20), 11812-11815. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2031891100