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  Musical meaning modulates word acquisition

Fritz, T. H., Schütte, F., Steixner, A., Contier, O., Obrig, H., & Villringer, A. (2019). Musical meaning modulates word acquisition. Brain and Language, 190, 10-15. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2018.12.001.

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Fritz, Thomas Hans1, 2, Author              
Schütte, Friederike1, Author
Steixner, Agnes1, Author
Contier, Oliver1, Author
Obrig, Hellmuth3, Author              
Villringer, Arno3, Author              
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1Max Planck Research Group Neurocognition of Music, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634566              
2Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, Ghent University, Belgium, ou_persistent22              
3Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634549              

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Free keywords: Second language acquisition; Novel word learning; Priming; Semantic memory; Musical semantics; Forced-choice recognition test
 Abstract: Musical excerpts have been shown to have the capacity to prime the processing of target words and vice versa, strongly suggesting that music can convey concepts. However, to date no study has investigated an influence of musical semantics on novel word acquisition, thus corroborating evidence for a similarity of underlying semantic processing of music and words behaviourally. The current study investigates whether semantic content of music can assist the acquisition of novel words. Forty novel words and their German translation were visually presented to 26 participants accompanied by either semantically congruent or incongruent music. Semantic congruence between music and words was expected to increase performance in the subsequent forced-choice recognition test. Participants performed significantly better on the retention of novel words presented with semantically congruent music compared to those presented with semantically incongruent music. This provides first evidence that semantic “enrichment” by music during novel word learning can augment novel word acquisition. This finding may lead to novel approaches in foreign language acquisition and language rehabilitation, and further strongly supports the concept that music has a strong capacity to iconically convey meaning.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-10-162018-02-282018-12-052019-01-092019-03
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2018.12.001
PMID: 30665002
Other: Epub 2019
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Funding organization : Department of Neurology of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Leipzig

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Title: Brain and Language
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Orlando, Fla. : Academic Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 190 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 10 - 15 Identifier: ISSN: 0093-934X
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922647078