SHORT STORIES ABOUT AUDITORY TIME AND RHYTHM

  • Simon Grondin

Abstract

The length of time intervals is fundamental for organizing auditory perception. The present text offers an overview of different experiments conducted in my lab on the sensitivity of humans for discriminating such intervals. Various ways for testing sensitivity to time and for keeping track of time are proposed. It will be shown to what extent the number of intervals presented determines the level of discrimination; whether Weber’s law for time applies under both of the following conditions –single vs. multiple (rhythm) interval discrimination; how segmenting time improves performance; and how sensitive humans are to temporal variations in music and language.

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