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Re: AP in all of us? New evidence from speech research


wouldn't you think that any pitch memory in the motor systems of the voice,
if it does exist, must have been mediated via the auditory system?


----- Original Message -----
From: Rebecca Mercuri <mercuri@gradient.cis.upenn.edu>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2001 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: AP in all of us? New evidence from speech research

> In the days when there used to be more "jingle" type ads on TV,
> if you asked a kid to sing the commercial, they'd typically sing
> it on or very close to the original pitch the ad was in. I recall
> some years ago reading or hearing about a study where the popular
> acapella baseball songs (ones not prompted by the stadium organist)
> were surveyed and folks around the US sang those at the same pitch
> as well.
> My personal theory is that it's a physical memory -- song singing
> involves the muscles (or whatever they are) in the throat/larynx
> and there's probably some feedback that provides a form of pitch
> memory as in "that feels like the comfortable singing pitch I
> know for that song." Anyone know of any work on that angle?
> Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D.