Effect of age on sensitivity to tonality

Authors

  • Danielle Minghella University of Toronto at Mississauga, Department of Psychology, 3359 Mississauga Rd N, Mississauga, Ont. L5L 1C6
  • Frank Russo Ryerson University, Department of Psychology, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Ont. M5B 2K3
  • M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller University of Toronto at Mississauga, Department of Psychology, 3359 Mississauga Rd N, Mississauga, Ont. L5L 1C6

Keywords:

Acoustic noise, Hierarchical systems, Sensitivity analysis, Threshold elements, Tonal sensitivity, Tonality referring, Tone technique

Abstract

The sensitivity to tonality using the probe-tone technique is tested and the differences due to age, periodicity of the stimulus, and frequency range, is investigated. The differences in younger and older adults processing pitch relations in music and tonality referring to the attribute of auditory sensation and the hierarchical organization of pitches around the tonic or key-note of a piece of music are discussed. Sensitivity to the tonal hierarchy is found to be affected by pitch range and the periodicity of tones while the older adults with good audiornetric thresholds are believed to have age-related declines in various aspects of auditory temporal processing. The results show a significant main effects of age and and periodicity to measure tonal sensitivity of younger adults and older adults. The recovery scores for the younger adults with jittered tones are not found to differ from those of the older adults with normal tones.

Published

2007-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Minghella D, Russo F, Pichora-Fuller MK. Effect of age on sensitivity to tonality. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2007Sep.1 [cited 2020Aug.10];35(3):58-9. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/1899

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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