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CCN Brown Bag Series

Wednesday, April 17, 2019,

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  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 115

Ting-Yun Chang

Department of Psychology (Gauthier Lab)

Vanderbilt University

"In search of critical features for music reading"

To study domain-specific expertise, it is important to define the boundaries of the domain in which experts excel. However, as a fairly new topic in the object recognition literature, little is known about what the perceptual objects are in the domain of music reading. In this talk, I will review examples from prior research on how studying the boundaries of a domain facilitated theoretical understanding. I will report on two experiments that use search asymmetry in visual search to investigate critical features of musical notation for expert music readers. The study provides evidence that the configuration of parts of music notes is important to music readers even though this feature is not diagnostic of the duration or pitch of a note, and highlights the importance of configural information in general expert perception.