Illusory conjunctions of pitch and duration in unfamiliar tone sequences

William Forde Thompson*, Michael D. Hall, Jeff Pressing

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Abstract

In 3 experiments, the authors examined short-term memory for pitch and duration in unfamiliar tone sequences. Participants were presented a target sequence consisting of 2 tones (Experiment 1) or 7 tones (Experiments 2 and 3) and then a probe tone. Participants indicated whether the probe tone matched 1 of the target tones in both pitch and duration. Error rates were relatively low if the probe tone matched 1 of the target tones or if it differed from target tones in pitch, duration, or both. Error rates were remarkably high, however, if the probe tone combined the pitch of 1 target tone with the duration of a different target tone. The results suggest that illusory conjunctions of these dimensions frequently occur. A mathematical model is presented that accounts for the relative contribution of pitch errors, duration errors, and illusory conjunctions of pitch and duration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-140
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2001
Externally publishedYes

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