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On cross-modal similarity: the perceptual structure of pitch, loudness, and brightness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2527964     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Examined how pitch and loudness correspond to brightness. In the Experiment 1, 16 Ss identified which of 2 lights more resembled each of 16 tones; in Experiment 2, 8 of the same 16 Ss rated the similarity of lights to lights, tones to tones, and lights to tones. (1) Pitch and loudness both contributed to cross-modal similarity, but for most Ss pitch contributed more. (2) Individuals differed as to whether pitch or loudness contributed more; these differences were consistent across matching and similarity scaling. (3) Cross-modal similarity depended largely on relative stimulus values. (4) Multidimensional scaling revealed 2 perceptual dimensions, loudness and pitch, with brightness common to both. A simple quantitative model can describe the cross-modal comparisons, compatible with the view that perceptual similarity may be characterized through a malleable spatial representation that is multimodal as well as multidimensional.
L E Marks
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0096-1523     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Publication Date:  1989 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-10-06     Completed Date:  1989-10-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502589     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  586-602     Citation Subset:  IM    
John B. Pierce Foundation Laboratory, New Haven, Connecticut 06519.
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MeSH Terms
Discrimination Learning
Loudness Perception*
Pitch Discrimination*
Sensory Thresholds
Visual Perception*
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