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ERIC Number: EJ827103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
The Role of Accent Salience and Joint Accent Structure in Meter Perception
Ellis, Robert J.; Jones, Mari R.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v35 n1 p264-280 Feb 2009
Previous research indicates that temporal accents (TAs; accents due to time changes) play a strong role in meter perception, but evidence favoring a role for melodic accents (MAs; accents due to pitch changes) is mixed. The authors claim that this mixed support for MAs is the result of a failure to control for accent salience and addressed this hypothesis in Experiment 1. Listeners rated the metrical clarity of 13-tone melodies in which the magnitude and pattern of MAs and TAs were varied. Results showed that metrical clarity increased with both MA and TA magnitude. In Experiment 2, listeners were asked to rate metrical clarity in melodies with combinations of MA and TA patterns to allow the authors to ascertain whether these two accent types combined additively or interactively in meter perception. With respect to the additive or interactive debate, the findings highlighted the importance of (a) accent salience, (b) scoring methods, and (c) conceptual versus statistical interpretations of data. Implications for dynamic attending and neuropsychological investigations are discussed. (Contains 1 footnote, 2 tables, and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio