Phoneme versus word recognition. (Al Bregman )

Subject: Phoneme versus word recognition.
From:    Al Bregman  <al.bregman(at)MCGILL.CA>
Date:    Fri, 14 Feb 2003 16:39:41 -0500

Dear list , A graduate student at McGill has done some research with narrow band noises of ambiguous pitch, showing that people are good at identifying melodies made of these types of notes, even though they are poor at matching the pitch of the individual notes. I thought that there might be some relation to the "word superiority effect" in reading (we have many references) and in speech perception. On the latter topic we have been able to find only one article, Norris & Cutler (1988). Does anyone know of other examples of the superiority of recognizing a larger unit, even though there is a lot of uncertainty about the component units? Are there examples in music? We would appreciate any information on this topic. - Al ----------------------------------------------------------- Albert S. Bregman, FRSC Emeritus Professor Dept. of Psychology, McGill University 1205 Docteur Penfield Ave. Montreal, QC Canada H3A 1B1 Office Tel: (514) 398-6103, Fax -4896 Home Tel. & Fax: (514) 484-2592 E-mail: al.bregman(at) -----------------------------------------------------------

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