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Contribution of musical experience in the development of hearing children in eight to nine years of age

Grant number: 13/05776-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Principal researcher:Liliane Desgualdo Pereira
Grantee:Juliana Jannini Jose
Home Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Music is seen as a potential resource to support the development of cognitive aspects involved in auditory processing. In general music education improves the neurological processing of information received through hearing (auditory processing). This study is a hypothesis that individuals with musical training have improved listening skills that can be developed before the age of typical development, specifically the temporal ordering of a sequence of three or four successive and brief sounds from the 7 years old. The objective of this study is to assess and compare the temporal ordering of sequences of three and four melodic sounds of different frequencies and durations. This study will involve 40 children, from eight to nine years old, with and without music education.The study may help to reflect on the use of music education complementing the rehabilitation on children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). We get more evidence that music can be used as a preventive instrument and/or therapeutic on APD. Furthermore, this study will provide data of order judgment of musical sounds on children at the age of 8 years old, whose haven't been observed in the specialized literature. (AU)

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