Tau and Kappa effects in physical space: the case of audition

  title={Tau and Kappa effects in physical space: the case of audition},
  author={Jean-Christophe Sarrazin and Marie Dominique Giraudo and John B. Pittenger},
  journal={Psychological Research},
The organization of spatio-temporal information in an auditory memory task was studied in two experiments. Stimuli consisted of four different configurations of eight sequentially presented beeps. In two configurations, the stimuli were space–time congruent, with (constant or variable) inter-stimulus distances corresponding to (constant or variable) inter-stimulus time intervals. In the other two configurations, the stimuli were space–time incongruent, with (constant or variable) inter-stimulus… 

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