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Article: Music-reading expertise alters visual spatial resolution for musical notation

TitleMusic-reading expertise alters visual spatial resolution for musical notation
Authors
KeywordsCrowding
Issue Date2012
Citation
Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 2012, v. 19, n. 4, p. 594-600 How to Cite?
AbstractCrowding occurs when the perception of a suprathreshold target is impaired by nearby distractors, reflecting a fundamental limitation on visual spatial resolution. It is likely that crowding limits music reading, as each musical note is crowded by adjacent notes and by the five-line staff, similar to word reading, in which letter recognition is reduced by crowding from adjacent letters. Here, we tested the hypothesis that, with extensive experience, music-reading experts have acquired visual skills such that they experience a smaller crowding effect, resulting in higher music-reading fluency. Experts experienced a smaller crowding effect than did novices, but only for musical stimuli, not for control stimuli (Landolt Cs). The magnitude of the crowding effect for musical stimuli could be predicted by individual fluency in music reading. Our results highlight the role of experience in crowding: Visual spatial resolution can be improved specifically for objects associated with perceptual expertise. Music-reading rates are likely limited by crowding, and our results are consistent with the idea that experience alleviates these limitations. © 2012 The Author(s).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/226700
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dc.contributor.authorWong, Yetta Kwailing-
dc.contributor.authorGauthier, Isabel-
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-29T01:58:20Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-29T01:58:20Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationPsychonomic Bulletin and Review, 2012, v. 19, n. 4, p. 594-600-
dc.identifier.issn1069-9384-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/226700-
dc.description.abstractCrowding occurs when the perception of a suprathreshold target is impaired by nearby distractors, reflecting a fundamental limitation on visual spatial resolution. It is likely that crowding limits music reading, as each musical note is crowded by adjacent notes and by the five-line staff, similar to word reading, in which letter recognition is reduced by crowding from adjacent letters. Here, we tested the hypothesis that, with extensive experience, music-reading experts have acquired visual skills such that they experience a smaller crowding effect, resulting in higher music-reading fluency. Experts experienced a smaller crowding effect than did novices, but only for musical stimuli, not for control stimuli (Landolt Cs). The magnitude of the crowding effect for musical stimuli could be predicted by individual fluency in music reading. Our results highlight the role of experience in crowding: Visual spatial resolution can be improved specifically for objects associated with perceptual expertise. Music-reading rates are likely limited by crowding, and our results are consistent with the idea that experience alleviates these limitations. © 2012 The Author(s).-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofPsychonomic Bulletin and Review-
dc.subjectCrowding-
dc.titleMusic-reading expertise alters visual spatial resolution for musical notation-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.3758/s13423-012-0242-x-
dc.identifier.pmid22460744-
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dc.identifier.volume19-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage594-
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