Temporal resolution of the brain

Richard Gordon gordonr at cc.UManitoba.CA
Wed Nov 9 05:16:43 EST 1994


Dear Robin,
I heard a radio program about 2 decades ago that claimed that Tchaikowski 
repeated his performances so accurately that differences could only 
be measured using the master recordings. Sorry, no ref.
-Dick Gordon, U.Manitoba[Nov9,94]

On Tue, 8 Nov 1994, robin walker wrote:

> As part of an investigation into how the brain records patterns of stimulii
> and responses, it would help to know how accurately the brain can resolve
> temporal events.
> 
> To give examples:-
> 
> 1. If an experienced musician hears a piece of music, how closely can he/she 
> follow the tempo of the piece when performing it some short time after 
> first hearing it.
> 
> Two measures are of interest, a) the temporal error between any two points in 
> the piece and b) the cumulative error over the whole piece. Might there be 
> intermediate errors that are greater than the cumulative error or does 
> the cumulative error generally increase over the duration of the piece?
> 
> 2. If an experienced musician performs a piece of music with which he/she is 
> familiar twice in succession how closely is the the tempo maintained
> between the two performances using the two measures above.
> 
> I would be very grateful if anyone could give some pointers to published
> research on this subject or who can otherwise shed some light on the matter.
> 
> -- 
> Robin Walker
> 
> 



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