The Effect of Auditory Pulse Clarity on Sensorimotor Synchronization

Prithvi Ravi Kantan, Rares Stefan Alecu, Sofia Dahl

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between auditory pulse clarity and sensorimotor synchronization performance, along with the influence of musical training. 29 participants walked in place to looped drum samples with varying degrees of pulse clarity, which were generated by adding artificial reverberation and measured through fluctuation spectrum peakiness. Experimental results showed that reducing auditory pulse clarity affected phase matching through significantly higher means and standard deviations in asynchrony across musical sophistication groups. Referent period matching ability was also degraded, and non-musicians were impacted more than musicians. Subjective ratings of required active concentration also increased with decreasing pulse clarity. These findings point to the importance of clear and distinct pulses to timing performance in synchronization tasks such as music and dance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerception, Representations, Image, Sound, Music - 14th International Symposium, CMMR 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsRichard Kronland-Martinet, Sølvi Ystad, Mitsuko Aramaki
Number of pages17
Volume12631
Publication date10 Mar 2021
Pages379-395
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-70209-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-70210-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2021
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN0302-9743

Keywords

  • Movement
  • Musical training
  • Perception
  • Pulse clarity
  • Rhythm
  • Sensorimotor synchronization
  • Timing

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