ERIC Number: EJ696868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
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Auditory Temporal Pattern Discrimination and Reading Ability
McAnally, Ken I.; Castles, Anne; Bannister, Susan
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v47 n6 p1237 Dec 2004
The relation between reading ability and performance on an auditory temporal pattern discrimination task was investigated in children who were either good or delayed readers. The stimuli in the primary task consisted of sequences of tones, alternating between high and low frequencies. The threshold interstimulus interval (ISI) for discrimination of differences in the temporal properties of the sequences was measured. An ISI threshold was also measured in a control task that was identical to the primary task, except all tones in a control sequence had the same frequency. Delayed readers and good readers were equally able to discriminate the timing of the sequences at short ISIs, for both the primary and control tasks. Furthermore, the ISI thresholds were not correlated with the ability to read either irregular words or nonwords. These results suggest that reading ability is not related to the ability to track large and rapid frequency changes in auditory temporal patterns.
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Auditory Perception, Task Analysis, Auditory Stimuli, Dyslexia, Comparative Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Reading)