Remembering the melody and timbre, forgetting the key and tempo.

@article{Schellenberg2015RememberingTM,
  title={Remembering the melody and timbre, forgetting the key and tempo.},
  author={E. Glenn Schellenberg and Peter Habashi},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={2015},
  volume={43 7},
  pages={1021-31}
}
The identity of a melody is independent of surface features such as key (pitch level), tempo (speed), and timbre (musical instrument). We examined the duration of memory for melodies (tunes) and whether such memory is affected by changes in key, tempo, or timbre. After listening to previously unfamiliar melodies twice, participants provided recognition ratings for the same (old) melodies as well as for an equal number of new melodies. The delay between initial exposure and test was 10 min, 1… CONTINUE READING
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