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January 2022

Children's perception of melodies: the role of contour, frequency, and rate of presentation

Author(s): Trehub, S. E., Thorpe, L. A., Capodilupo, S.

Journal/Book: J Exp Child Psychol. 1985; 40: 279-92.

Abstract: Children 4 to 6 years of age were exposed to repetitions of a six-tone melody, then tested for their detection of transformations that either preserved or changed the contour of the standard melody. Discrimination performance was examined as a function of contour condition, magnitude of contour change, rate of presentation, and the presence of novel frequencies. Performance was superior for transformations that changed contour compared to those that did not, for greater changes in contour, and for faster presentation rates. Melodies transformed by a reordering of component tones were no less discriminable than those transformed by the addition of novel frequencies.

Keyword(s): Auditory Perception|. Music|


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