Identification and bisection of temporal durations and tone frequencies: Common models for temporal and non-temporal stimuli.

G.D.A. Brown, Teresa McCormack, M. Smith, N. Stewart

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Abstract

Two experiments examined identification and bisection of tones varying in temporal duration (Experiment 1) or frequency (Experiment 2). Absolute identification of both durations and frequencies was influenced by prior stimuli and by stimulus distribution. Stimulus distribution influenced bisection for both stimulus types consistently, with more positively skewed distributions producing lower bisection points. The effect of distribution was greater when the ratio of the largest to smallest stimulus magnitude was greater. A simple mathematical model, temporal range frequency theory, was applied. It is concluded that (a) similar principles describe identification of temporal durations and other stimulus dimensions and (b) temporal bisection point shifts can be understood in terms of psychophysical principles independently developed in nontemporal domains, such as A. Parducci's (1965) range frequency theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-938
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance
Volume31 (5)
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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