Exploring the association of infant temperament on maternal fundamental frequency contours

Alix J. Woolard, Titia Benders, Linda E. Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Joerg Mattes, Vanessa E. Murphy, Olivia Whalen, Alison E. Lane

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    Abstract

    The current study looked at the association between infant temperament and mothers’ infant-directed speech regarding adaptations to fundamental frequency (F0) contours. F0 contours regulate infant attention and affect, and are classified into four contours: rising, bell-shaped, slowly-falling, and rapidly-falling. Eight mother-infant dyads were recruited and participated in a 15-minute play interaction, and mothers’ F0 contours were extracted. Infant temperament was assessed using the Temperamental Adjective Triad Assessment. Significant correlations were found between infant approach and rising contours, and infant mood and slowly-falling contours, suggesting evidence of a relationship between infant temperament and mother’s F0 contours.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
    EditorsChristopher Carignan, Michael D. Tyler
    Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
    PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)
    Pages229-232
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016) - Parramatta, Australia
    Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
    Conference number: 16th

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
    PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)
    ISSN (Electronic)2207-1296

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (16th : 2016)
    Abbreviated titleSST2016
    CountryAustralia
    CityParramatta
    Period6/12/169/12/16

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