Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 187–188 | Cite as

Perception of the major/minor distinction: V. Preferences among infants

  • Robert G. Crowder
  • J. Steven Reznick
  • Stacey L. Rosenkrantz


Six-month-old infants expressed musical preferences by choosing one of two directional targets to look at, one of which produced a major chord and the other a minor chord. Over repeated testing in this way, no reliable preference for either harmony was expressed. However, a comparable choice between consonant and dissonant chords produced reliable preference for consonant harmonies.


Music Perception Musical Preference Reliable Preference Major Chord Minor Chord 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Crowder
    • 1
  • J. Steven Reznick
    • 1
  • Stacey L. Rosenkrantz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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