Expectancies generated by melodic intervals: Evaluation of principles of melodic implication in a melody-completion task

William Forde Thompson, Lola L. Cuddy, Cheryl Plaus
1997 Perception & Psychophysics  
Bottom-up principles of melodic implication (Narmour, 1990) were evaluated in a melodycompletion task. One hundred subjects (50 low training; 50 high training in music) were presented each of eight melodic intervals. For each interval, the subjects were asked to compose a short melody on a piano keyboard, treating the interval provided as the first two notes of the melody. For each melody, the first response-the note immediately following the initial interval-was analyzed. Multinomiallog linear
more » ... analyses were conducted to assess the extent to which responses could be predicted by Narmour's (1990 Narmour's ( ,1992 bottom-up principles. Support was found for all of Narmour's principles, and two additional predictors based on implied tonal structure. Responses of low-and high-training groups were similar. 1069
doi:10.3758/bf03205521 pmid:9360479 fatcat:7eybdmoodzbrhl3eodol7hbzsa