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The subjective size of melodic intervals over a two-octave range.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16615330     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Musically trained and untrained participants provided magnitude estimates of the size of melodic intervals. Each interval was formed by a sequence of two pitches that differed by between 50 cents (one half of a semitone) and 2,400 cents (two octaves) and was presented in a high or a low pitch register and in an ascending or a descending direction. Estimates were larger for intervals in the high pitch register than for those in the low pitch register and for descending intervals than for ascending intervals. Ascending intervals were perceived as larger than descending intervals when presented in a high pitch register, but descending intervals were perceived as larger than ascending intervals when presented in a low pitch register. For intervals up to an octave in size, differentiation of intervals was greater for trained listeners than for untrained listeners. We discuss the implications for psychophysical pitch scales and models of music perception.
Frank A Russo; William Forde Thompson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychonomic bulletin & review     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1069-9384     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychon Bull Rev     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-17     Completed Date:  2006-08-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9502924     Medline TA:  Psychon Bull Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1068-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Auditory Perception*
Pitch Perception
Professional Competence
Time Perception*

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