An analysis of reaction time data collected by Miyazaki (1989) provides additional support for absolute pitch as a learned phenomenon. Specifically, the data are shown to be consistent with the Hick- Hyman law, which relates the reaction time for a given stimulus to its expected frequency of occurrence. The frequencies of occurrence are estimated by analyzing a computer-based sample of Western music. The results are consistent with the view that absolute pitch is acquired through ordinary exposure to the pitches of Western music.
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Research Article| December 01 1994
Absolute Pitch as a Learned Phenomenon: Evidence Consistent with the Hick-Hyman Law
Music Perception (1994) 12 (2): 267–270.
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Jasba Simpson, David Huron; Absolute Pitch as a Learned Phenomenon: Evidence Consistent with the Hick-Hyman Law. Music Perception 1 December 1994; 12 (2): 267–270. doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/40285656
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