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DEVELOPMENTAL CHANGES IN AUDITORY TEMPO SENSITIVITY AND PREFERRED TEMPO

by Mercier, Ann Mary

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The study examined the relationship between developmental changes in preferred motor tempo (PMT) and tempo sensitivity (TS) to test McAuley, Jones, Holub, Johnston, & Miller (2006) preferred period and entrainment region hypotheses. Four groups of listeners (4-5, 6-7,8-9, and 18+ years) were asked to tap to their preferred rate and make judgments about the relative tempo of standard-comparison isochronous tone sequence pairs. Findings related to preferred period hypothesis were mixed; age-related changes consistent with the hypothesis were observed in PMT but there was no age-related shift in TS. TS findings were consistent with entrainment region hypothesis; TS improved with age except in the youngest age group, with greatest age-related improvements observed at the slowest tempo. Improvements in TS associated with increasing number of comparison intervals were generally consistent with Miller & McAuley (2005) but amount of improvement varied with age and tempo.
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:preferred tempo sensitivity children development discrimination period entrainment region

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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