Journal article

Using spatial manipulation to examine interactions between visual and auditory encoding of pitch and time

Neil M McLachlan, Loretta J Greco, Emily C Toner, Sarah J Wilson

Frontiers in Psychology | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2010


Music notations use both symbolic and spatial representation systems. Novice musicians do not have the training to associate symbolic information with musical identities, such as chords or rhythmic and melodic patterns. They provide an opportunity to explore the mechanisms underpinning multimodal learning when spatial encoding strategies of feature dimensions might be expected to dominate. In this study, we applied a range of transformations (such as time reversal) to short melodies and rhythms and asked novice musicians to identify them with or without the aid of notation. Performance using a purely spatial (graphic) notation was contrasted with the more symbolic, traditional western notati..

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