Re: Bates's question about claps (Alexandra Hettergott )

Subject: Re: Bates's question about claps
From:    Alexandra Hettergott  <a.hettergott(at)>
Date:    Tue, 15 May 2001 22:23:14 +0200

Al Bregman wrote : >the group consisting of the clapping of a [multiple] single person[s] >[... where, on the psychological level] Its representation was simply >not mentally created in the latter case, because the acoustic >discontinuities needed to define it were not detectable. Imho, why not simply assume a (grouped) mental representation of the (tonal) phenomenon of a clapping crowd as it corresponds to how the situation might be perceived ...? (context-depending and + / - visual support). The fact that differentiability will be inversely related to the number of clappers shows that 'absolute' (source) distinction might yet be of less (evolutionary) advantage from a certain level of (homogeneous) stimulus (phase) density, thus evoking (the (perceived) phenomenon of) a 'group response' however being likewise condition-related as the (mental) response to any singular, clearly distinguishable (acoustic) stimulus ... :ah

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