Perceiving musical stability: the effect of tonal structure, rhythm, and musical expertise.

  title={Perceiving musical stability: the effect of tonal structure, rhythm, and musical expertise.},
  author={Emmanuel Bigand},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  volume={23 3},
  • Emmanuel Bigand
  • Published 1997 in
    Journal of experimental psychology. Human…
The goal of this study was to investigate several factors that determine musical stability in unaccompanied tonal melodies. Following M. R. Jones's (1987) theory of dynamic attending, the author assumed that strongly accented tones act as stable melodic reference points. Three main results were observed: (a) tonal structure, rhythm, and melodic factors (i.e., pitch skips or change in melodic contour) all contributed to defining the stability experienced on the melodic tones; (b) a linear… CONTINUE READING

From This Paper

Figures, tables, and topics from this paper.


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 23 extracted citations


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 51 references

Melodic anchoring and tone duration

  • B. Laden
  • Music Perception, 12, 199-212.
  • 1994
Highly Influential
9 Excerpts

Abstraction of two forms of underlying structttre in a tonal melody

  • E. Bigand
  • Psychology of Music, 18, 45-60.
  • 1990
Highly Influential
8 Excerpts

The influence of implicit harmony, rhythm and musical training on the abstraction of "tension-relaxation schemas" in tonal musical phrases

  • E. Bigand
  • Contemporary Music Review,
  • 1993
Highly Influential
7 Excerpts

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…