In studies of perceptual and neural processing differences between musicians and nonmusicians, participants are typically dichotomized on the basis of personal report of musical experience. The present study relates self-reported musical experience and objectively measured musical aptitude to a skill that is important in music perception: temporal resolution (or acuity). The Advanced Measures of Music Audiation (AMMA) test was used to objectively assess participant musical aptitude, and adaptive psychophysical measurements were obtained to assess temporal resolution on two tasks: within-channel gap detection and across-channel gap detection. Results suggest that musical aptitude measured with the AMMA and self-reporting of music experiences (duration of music instruction) are both related to temporal resolution ability in musicians. The relationship between musical aptitude and/or duration of music training is important to music educators advocating for the benefits of music programs as well as in behavioral and neurophysiological research.
Across-Channel Auditory Gap Detection: A Psychophysical Correlate of Musical Aptitude and Instruction
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Aurora J. Weaver, Matthew Hoch, Lindsey Soles Quinn, Judith T. Blumsack; Across-Channel Auditory Gap Detection: A Psychophysical Correlate of Musical Aptitude and Instruction. Music Perception 9 September 2020; 38 (1): 66–77. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/mp.2020.38.1.66
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