Auditory short-term memory activation during score reading

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Performing music on the basis of reading a score requires reading ahead of what is being played in order to anticipate the necessary actions to produce the notes. Score reading thus not only involves the decoding of a visual score and the comparison to the auditory feedback, but also short-term storage of the musical information due to the delay of the auditory feedback during reading ahead. This study investigates the mechanisms of encoding of musical information in short-term memory during such a complicated procedure. There were three parts in this study. First, professional musicians participated in an electroencephalographic (EEG) experiment to study the slow wave potentials during a time interval of short-term memory storage in a situation that requires cross-modal translation and short-term storage of visual material to be compared with delayed auditory material, as it is the case in music score reading. This delayed visual-to-auditory matching task was compared with delayed visual-visual and auditory-auditory matching tasks in terms of EEG topography and voltage amplitudes. Second, an additional behavioural experiment was performed to determine which type of distractor would be the most interfering with the score reading-like task. Third, the self-reported strategies of the participants were also analyzed. All three parts of this study point towards the same conclusion according to which during music score reading, the musician most likely first translates the visual score into an auditory cue, probably starting around 700 or 1300 ms, ready for storage and delayed comparison with the auditory feedback.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)Article Number: e53691
Number of pages10
ISSN1932-6203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • 515 Psychology

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Auditory short-term memory activation during score reading. / Simoens, Veerle; Tervaniemi, Mari.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 8, No. 1, 11.01.2013, p. Article Number: e53691.

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