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Title: The perception of transformed auditory and visual pattern structure : an exploration of supramodal pattern space
Author: Thorpe, Michael J. A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5921 0440
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2016
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The present thesis is broadly concerned with the processing of structural information. More specifically, it investigates the possibility that auditory pitch patterns share, at some level, supramodal structural representations and processes with visuo-spatial patterns. The motivation for the research was provided by a number of areas of psychological research that are brought together and discussed in this thesis, and which inform the development of a new theoretical framework that conceives of a supramodal pattern space (SPS). According to the SPS framework, auditory and visual patterns can be represented in equivalent ā€˜1!-Dā€™ supramodal pattern spaces. A series of experiments was devised to test the assumptions of the SPS framework, by means of analysing the perception of two types of structural transformation: inverse and retrograde. The main hypothesis that was tested in all experiments predicted a processing advantage for inverse transformations when patterns corresponded to 1!-D supramodal pattern space. Support for the hypothesis was provided by experiments adopting a short-term recognition paradigm. However, contrasting results were revealed by experiments adopting a structural priming paradigm, which did not support the hypothesis. It was concluded that different processing strategies were used depending on the task demands. The findings were discussed with relation to theories of sequential pattern learning, melodic perception and brain organisation.
Supervisor: Eysenck, Michael ; Aksentijevic, Aleksandar ; Ockelford, Adam Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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