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dc.titleThe tonal function of a task-irrelevant chord modulates speed of visual processing
dc.contributor.authorEscoffier, N.
dc.contributor.authorTillmann, B.
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-03T07:10:10Z
dc.date.available2011-05-03T07:10:10Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationEscoffier, N., Tillmann, B. (2008). The tonal function of a task-irrelevant chord modulates speed of visual processing. Cognition 107 (3) : 1070-1083. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2007.10.007
dc.identifier.issn00100277
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/22243
dc.description.abstractHarmonic priming studies have provided evidence that musical expectations influence sung phoneme monitoring, with facilitated processing for phonemes sung on tonally related (expected) chords in comparison to less-related (less-expected) chords [Bigand, Tillmann, Poulin, D'Adamo, and Madurell (2001). The effect of harmonic context on phoneme monitoring in vocal music. Cognition, 81, B11-B20]. This tonal relatedness effect has suggested two interpretations: (a) processing of music and language interact at some level of processing; and (b) tonal functions of chords influence task performance via listeners' attention. Our study investigated these hypotheses by exploring whether the effect of tonal relatedness extends to the processing of visually presented syllables (Experiments 1 and 2) and geometric forms (Experiments 3 and 4). For Experiments 1-4, visual target identification was faster when the musical background fulfilled listeners' expectations (i.e., a related chord was played simultaneously). In Experiment 4, the addition of a baseline condition (i.e., without an established tonal center) further showed that the observed difference was due to a facilitation linked to the related chord and not to an inhibition or disruption caused by the less-related chord. This outcome suggests the influence of musical structures on attentional mechanisms and that these mechanisms are shared between auditory and visual modalities. The implications for research investigating neural correlates shared by music and language processing are discussed. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectAttention
dc.subjectAudiovisual interaction
dc.subjectMusic and language
dc.subjectMusical priming
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentPSYCHOLOGY
dc.description.doi10.1016/j.cognition.2007.10.007
dc.description.sourcetitleCognition
dc.description.volume107
dc.description.issue3
dc.description.page1070-1083
dc.description.codenCGTNA
dc.identifier.isiut000256238700014
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