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Are Implicit Learning Abilities in Language and Music Related?

Title: Are Implicit Learning Abilities in Language and Music Related?.
Name(s): Boebinger, Dana, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: One active area of psycholinguistics research seeks to determine whether language acquisition occurs through domain-specific processes or domain-general processes. In other words, are the cognitive resources dedicated to language learning specific to language, or are they part of a more general learning mechanism? One intriguing strategy for investigating this question is through the comparative use of language and music: each is a complex system in which basic auditory elements are combined in hierarchical sequences governed by abstract rules. To understand either language or music, a person must learn these syntactic rules and generalize them to new situations. This study used an artificial grammar construct to investigate whether people learn and process musical and linguistic syntax similarly, and whether there is a correlation between a person's ability to learn complex grammatical systems in multiple modalities. The effect of previous musical experience on sequence learning was also examined. Results showed virtually no correlation between the three implicit learning tasks, suggesting that there is no domain-general implicit learning ability.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0100 (IID)
Keywords: implicit learning, artificial grammar, statistical learning, language, music, individual differences
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: January 31, 2012.
Subject(s): Cognitive psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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