(Pierre Divenyi )

From:    Pierre Divenyi  <marva4!pdivenyi(at)UCDAVIS.EDU>
Date:    Tue, 26 Oct 1993 14:38:29 PDT

Re/Bruno Repp's note on national differences How about Northern British subjects? Or Greek? Or Italian (depending on where you want to spend your time testing subjects or between testing subjects)? With all my due respect to Diana (Deutsch) and Bruno (Repp), I would like to suggest that there may be a vast number of hypotheses to provide an explanation for any nationally-culturally based difference in pitch perception, especially when the only test object is an individual (and very subjective) response to the Shepard tones. If I were them, I would ask myself which of the many hypotheses are testable, and whether they are worth testing at all. One possible hypothesis is just plain differences in education and music listening habits. Language/dialect differences, if they are the ones to blame, would be more likely to appear when the comparison is between American subjects and Brits from areas where, were they in a film, their utterances would need subtitles for US audiences. Pierre Divenyi

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