Title: Differential recognition of pitch patterns in discrete and gliding stimuli in congenital amusia: Evidence from Mandarin speakers
Authors: Lui, F.
XU, Y.
Patel, Aniruddh
Francart, Tom
Jiang, Cummei # ×
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Publisher: Academic Press
Series Title: Brain and Cognition vol:79 issue:3 pages:209-215
Abstract: This study examined whether "melodic contour deafness" (insensitivity to the direction of pitch movement) in congenital amusia is associated with specific types of pitch patterns (discrete versus gliding pitches) or stimulus types (speech syllables versus complex tones). Thresholds for identification of pitch direction were obtained using discrete or gliding pitches in the syllable /ma/ or its complex tone analog, from nineteen Mandarin-speaking amusics and nineteen matched controls. Amusics, unlike controls, had more difficulty recognizing pitch direction in discrete than in gliding pitches, for both speech and non-speech stimuli. Also, amusic thresholds were not significantly affected by stimulus type (speech versus non-speech), whereas controls showed lower thresholds for tones than for speech. These findings help explain why amusics have greater difficulty with discrete musical
pitch perception than with speech perception, in which continuously changing pitch movements are
ISSN: 0278-2626
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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