Temporal attention in the processing of short melodies: evidence from event-related potentials

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dc.contributor.author Lange, Kathrin
dc.contributor.author Heil, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-18T14:49:57Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-18T14:49:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Lange, K. & Heil, M. (2008). Temporal attention in the processing of short melodies: evidence from event-related potentials. Musicae Scientiae, 12(1), 7-48.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/19436
dc.description.abstract    It has been speculated that temporal attention is involved in the perception of melodies within a complex tone pattern. However, it is not known so far, which processing steps are influenced. Goal of the present study was, therefore, to analyze the influence of temporal attention on the processing of single tones within a melody with behavioural and ERP measures. Participants heard a reference and a comparison melody, which could be either isochronous or non-isochronous, and had to indicate whether the pitch of a target tone was identical in the two melodies or not. When the temporal structure of the two melodies was identical, the allocation of temporal attention should improve the processing of the target tone of the comparison melody. For isochronous melodies, participants responded faster when the target tone was presented at an attended rather than at an unattended point in time. ERPs to attended target tones were associated with relatively more negative amplitudes between 140 and 220ms. It may thus be suggested that regular temporal expectancies can be used to improve the processing of melody tones by acting upon early, perceptual processing steps. For non-isochronous melodies, responding was not influenced by temporal attention and ERPs were more negative to unattended target tones. This effect may be related to the violation of a regular temporal expectancy.      en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.subject.other temporal attention en
dc.subject.other rhythm en
dc.subject.other timing en
dc.subject.other auditory en
dc.subject.other ERP en
dc.title Temporal attention in the processing of short melodies: evidence from event-related potentials en
dc.type Article en

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