Nature Publishing Group, publisher of Nature, and other science journals and reference works
my account e-alerts subscribe register
Friday 22 September 2017
Journal Home
Current Issue
Download PDF
Export citation
Export references
Send to a friend
More articles like this

Letters to Nature
Nature 226, 286 (18 April 1970); doi:10.1038/226286a0

Dislocation of Tones in a Musical Sequence: a Memory Illusion


Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, PO Box 109, La Jolla, California 92037.

COMPUTER-GENERATED tonal sequences have several advantages for investigations of immediate memory: the stimulus parameters are simple and can be exactly controlled, and the items cannot be readily rehearsed. Previous studies of memory for pitch have investigated the effect on the differential threshold of blank intervals between the standard and comparison tones1–3 and of one interpolated tone4,5.



1. Koester, T., Arch. Psychol., 41, No. 297 (1945).
2. Harris, J. D., J. Exp. Psychol., 43, 96 (1952).
3. Konig, E., J. Acoust. Soc. Amer., 29, 606 (1957).
4. Postman, L., Amer. J. Psychol., 59, 193 (1946).
5. Wickelgren, W. A., J. Exp. Psychol., 72, 259 (1966); J. Math. Psychol., 6, 13 (1969).
6. Cohen, J. E., Behavioral Science, 7, 137 (1962).
7. Deutsch, D., Psychol. Review, 76, 300 (1969).

© 1970 Nature Publishing Group
Privacy Policy