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Spatial associations for musical stimuli: a piano in the head?
Lidji, Pascale; Kolinsky, Regine; Lochy, Aliette et al.
2007In Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance, 33 (5), p. 1189-207
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Keywords :
Adult; Cognition; Female; Humans; Male; Music; Pitch Perception; Space Perception
Abstract :
[en] This study was aimed at examining whether pitch height and pitch change are mentally represented along spatial axes. A series of experiments explored, for isolated tones and 2-note intervals, the occurrence of effects analogous to the spatial numerical association of response codes (SNARC) effect. Response device orientation (horizontal vs. vertical), task, and musical expertise of the participants were manipulated. The pitch of isolated tones triggered the automatic activation of a vertical axis independently of musical expertise, but the contour of melodic intervals did not. By contrast, automatic associations with the horizontal axis seemed linked to music training for pitch and, to a lower extent, for intervals. These results, discussed in the light of studies on number representation, provide a new example of the effects of musical expertise on music cognition.
Disciplines :
Neurosciences & behavior
Author, co-author :
Lidji, Pascale
Kolinsky, Regine
Lochy, Aliette  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
Morais, Jose
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Spatial associations for musical stimuli: a piano in the head?
Publication date :
2007
Journal title :
Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
ISSN :
0096-1523
eISSN :
1939-1277
Publisher :
American Psychological Association, Washington, United States - District of Columbia
Volume :
33
Issue :
5
Pages :
1189-207
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Commentary :
(c) 2007 APA
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