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Perceiving Musical Note Values Causes Spatial Shift of Attention in Musicians

Division of Psychology, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK
Academic Editors: Alessandro Soranzo, Wilson Christopher and Marco Bertamini
Vision 2017, 1(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/vision1020016
Received: 31 May 2017 / Revised: 31 May 2017 / Accepted: 2 June 2017 / Published: 7 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reflexive Shifts in Visual Attention)
The Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Codes (SNARC) suggests the existence of an association between number magnitude and response position, with faster left-key responses to small numbers and faster right-key responses to large numbers. The attentional SNARC effect (Att-SNARC) suggests that perceiving numbers can also affect the allocation of spatial attention, causing a leftward (vs. rightward) target detection advantage after perceiving small (vs. large) numbers. Considering previous findings that revealed similar spatial association effects for both numbers and musical note values (i.e., the relative duration of notes), the aim of this study is to investigate whether presenting note values instead of numbers causes a spatial shift of attention in musicians. The results show an advantage in detecting a leftward (vs. rightward) target after perceiving small (vs. large) musical note values. The fact that musical note values cause a spatial shift of attention strongly suggests that musicians process numbers and note values in a similar manner. View Full-Text
Keywords: SNARC; Att-SNARC; musical note value; spatial shift of attention SNARC; Att-SNARC; musical note value; spatial shift of attention
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Prpic, V. Perceiving Musical Note Values Causes Spatial Shift of Attention in Musicians. Vision 2017, 1, 16.

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