On Jun 14, 2013, at 11:10 AM, Smith, Nicholas A. wrote:
There has been an experimental determination of the range of notes/sec required for identification of familiar melodies: Warren, Gardner, Brubaker, and Bashford, "Melodic and Nonmelodic Sequences of Tones: Effects of Duration on Perception, Music Perception, 1991, 8, 277-290. The median range from 0.16 to 1.28 notes/sec was required for recognition of familiar melodies by college students. The relation of music to speech and other serial orders of sounds was elaborated in a chapter entitled, "Perception of Acoustic Sequences," in R.M. Warren, Auditory Perception, Cambridge University Press (3rd edition), 2008, pp. 126-149.
Richard M. Warren
and Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Milwaukee, WI 53201