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Re: Perception as memory

Richard M. Warren wrote:

Kevin Austin has started this thread with his 8/23 posting describing how it is possible to teach many of his listeners to hear out the note “D” in a 10-item chord by presenting the note in isolation as well as a component in the intact chord. He interpreted his observations as representing both a refinement of memory and an improvement of perceptual ability. He asked whether listeners would be able to do this with other sounds.

Prof. Warren and others,

I understood Kevin to be asking something different. In ear-training, one problem is to teach students to hear the individual tones of a chord so that they can write these down. Essentially, the students must learn perceptual decomposition of a complex sound into its components. If you learn to perceptually isolate one tone of a chord through priming, as in Kevin's class experiment, can this generalize to a perception of tones in a chord WITHOUT priming?

-- eliot