Height and pitch (Andrew D Lyons )

Subject: Height and pitch
From:    Andrew D Lyons  <tstex(at)bigpond.com>
Date:    Tue, 18 Feb 2003 11:38:33 +1100

Hi, I have come across a paper that suggests that the relationship between pitch and vertical height has more to do with western music education than some universal spatial cognitive strategy: Walker, R. The effects of culture, environment, age, and musical training on choice of visual metaphors for sound. Perception & Psychophysics, 42(5):491-502, November 1987. Can anybody comment on the idea that cultures that are not educated in the western music tradition tend to make random selections in relation to the relationship between pitch and height? Cheers ========================================================== Andrew D Lyons | Time Space Texture | http://www.tstex.com ==========================================================

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