Print Email Facebook Twitter Determinants of temporal pattern perception Title Determinants of temporal pattern perception Author Essens, P.J.M.D. TNO Technische Menskunde Publication year 1995 Abstract Rhythms differ in how well they can be remembered and reproduced. The cen-tral thesis of this dissertation is that people use a mental time scale to structure rhythms. A mental time scale can be thought of as a sequence of beats separated by equal time intervals. It is used to break a rhythm down into smaller parts which can be coded further. In principle any time scale could be used. The assumption is that the more beats of a particular mental time scale match accented ticks or tones of the rhythm the greater the chance is that this time scale will be selected. A model is formulated that predicts the relative quality of representation of rhythms on the basis of the quality of match between a mental time scale and a rhythm. The model is formulated as an algorithm that calculates a score reflecting the quality of match of hypothetical time scales with varying time unit and varying location in a rhythm. In analysing large sets of rhythms, categories were defined based on a quality of match score. Experiments with normal subjects confirmed the prediction that accuracy of reproduction was related to quality of match. Subject Perception To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:422571e8-aae4-4817-8ea5-c3baed7de200 TNO identifier 8049 Publisher TNO, Soesterberg Document type doctoral thesis Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.