Pitch Discrimination among Primary School Children

TitlePitch Discrimination among Primary School Children
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1967
AuthorsDuell, O. K., & Anderson R. C.
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Volume58
Pagination315-318
Date PublishedDecember
ISBN Number1939-2176
Keywords1ST-3RD GRADERS, Age Differences, Auditory Discrimination, Human, PITCH/OF
Abstract

STUDIED THE PITCH DISCRIMINATION PERFORMANCE OF 168 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD GRADERS IN A NATURAL CLASSROOM SETTING. SS JUDGED PAIRS OF PURE TONES PRESENTED BY A TAPE RECORDER AS EITHER THE SAME OR DIFFERENT. THE STANDARD RANGED FROM 390-440 CPS WHILE THE INTERVAL BETWEEN THE STANDARD AND THE COMPARISON RANGED FROM 1/3 OF A 1/2-STEP TO A MAJOR 6TH. 68% OF THE SS DISCRIMINATED INTERVALS AS LARGE AS AND LARGER THAN A 1/2-STEP; HOWEVER, 4% DID NOT DISCRIMINATE DIFFERENCES AS LARGE AS A 6TH. PERFORMANCE IMPROVED FROM THE 1ST-3RD GRADES. PERFORMANCE DID NOT CHANGE WITHIN THE 30-MIN TESTING PERIOD. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)