Differences in the types of musical regularities learnt in incidental and intentional learning conditions

Kuhn, G and Dienes, Z (2006) Differences in the types of musical regularities learnt in incidental and intentional learning conditions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59 (10). pp. 1725-1744. ISSN 1747-0218

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Abstract

Several studies have found learning of biconditional grammars only under intentional rule-search conditions (e.g., Johnstone & Shanks, 2001). Memorization of strings merely led to the learning of chunks. We used a musical grammar, a diatonic inversion, that is a type of biconditional grammar. Participants either were required to memorize a set of grammatical tunes (incidental learning), or were asked to search for the underlying rule whilst being given feedback about their performance (intentional learning). The results showed that participants in the incidental-learning condition did not learn the inversion rule and merely acquired explicit knowledge about chunks. However, participants in the intentional-learning condition learnt both the inversion rule and chunks.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Zoltan Dienes
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:50
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2012 13:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14703
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