Comparison paradigm

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A comparison paradigm plays subjects a pair of auditory stimuli together and asks them whether the two stimuli are the same or different according to some variable(s). For instance, an experiment could play a subject two melodies and ask whether the melodies have the same rhythm or not, whether they have the same melody (i.e., progression of pitches) or not, or simply whether they are the same (i.e. same melody and rhythm). This type of paradigm is useful for isolating a particular type of perception (e.g. rhythmic) without having to play stimuli that are one-dimensional (e.g. purely rhythmic). (See Peretz & Kolinsky, 1993.)

Leah Latterner


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  1. Not really played “together” (i.e., simulutaneously), but one after the other (or sequentially).

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