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When do we hear musical melodies?: Two explorative studies on the Speech to Song illusion

Thursday 23 January 2020
LACG Meetings
Van Wijkplaats
Van Wijkplaats 4
2311 BX Leiden

There is a stark contrast between music and language regarding our perception of repetition. While repetition is a core component of music, it is not highly valued in speech (listening to the exact same talk twice can be boring). This may be one of the reasons why we sometimes start to hear a musical melody when a fragment of speech is repeated — this auditory phenomenon called Speech-To-Song illusion gives us a unique way to study our representation of music and language. In this talk, after a brief overview of the topic, I will present two studies. The first one will address the effect of musical representation on speech perception, followed by a more explorative ongoing project about the classification of speech and music signals.

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