Implicit Learning of Melodic Structure (14/02/08)
Interaction with music, be it in the form of listening, performing, or dancing, involves numerous complex cognitive processes that interact with the complex structures of music. Musical knowledge, like native language knowledge, is implicit; it is mentally represented without awareness of the entirety of the complex nature of its rules, being acquired largely incidentally through attending and interacting with a larger number of samples. This talk discusses the role of implicit learning in music perception, and presents two experiments investigating implicit learning in the melodic domain. Results yield some evidence of a very rapid and efficient learning process in both, musicians and nonmusicians.