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Evidence for a basic level in a taxonomy of everyday action sounds.
Exp Brain Res. 2013 Apr; 226(2):253-64.EB

Abstract

We searched for evidence that the auditory organization of categories of sounds produced by actions includes a privileged or "basic" level of description. The sound events consisted of single objects (or substances) undergoing simple actions. Performance on sound events was measured in two ways: sounds were directly verified as belonging to a category, or sounds were used to create lexical priming. The category verification experiment measured the accuracy and reaction time to brief excerpts of these sounds. The lexical priming experiment measured reaction time benefits and costs caused by the presentation of these sounds prior to a lexical decision. The level of description of a sound varied in how specifically it described the physical properties of the action producing the sound. Both identification and priming effects were superior when a label described the specific interaction causing the sound (e.g. trickling) in comparison to the following: (1) more general descriptions (e.g. pour, liquid: trickling is a specific manner of pouring liquid), (2) more detailed descriptions using adverbs to provide detail regarding the manner of the action (e.g. trickling evenly). These results are consistent with neuroimaging studies showing that auditory representations of sounds produced by actions familiar to the listener activate motor representations of the gestures involved in sound production.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. GuillaumeJLemaitre@gmail.comNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23411674

Citation

Lemaitre, Guillaume, and Laurie M. Heller. "Evidence for a Basic Level in a Taxonomy of Everyday Action Sounds." Experimental Brain Research, vol. 226, no. 2, 2013, pp. 253-64.
Lemaitre G, Heller LM. Evidence for a basic level in a taxonomy of everyday action sounds. Exp Brain Res. 2013;226(2):253-64.
Lemaitre, G., & Heller, L. M. (2013). Evidence for a basic level in a taxonomy of everyday action sounds. Experimental Brain Research, 226(2), 253-64. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-013-3430-7
Lemaitre G, Heller LM. Evidence for a Basic Level in a Taxonomy of Everyday Action Sounds. Exp Brain Res. 2013;226(2):253-64. PubMed PMID: 23411674.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Evidence for a basic level in a taxonomy of everyday action sounds. AU - Lemaitre,Guillaume, AU - Heller,Laurie M, Y1 - 2013/02/15/ PY - 2012/10/28/received PY - 2013/01/23/accepted PY - 2013/2/16/entrez PY - 2013/2/16/pubmed PY - 2014/1/7/medline SP - 253 EP - 64 JF - Experimental brain research JO - Exp Brain Res VL - 226 IS - 2 N2 - We searched for evidence that the auditory organization of categories of sounds produced by actions includes a privileged or "basic" level of description. The sound events consisted of single objects (or substances) undergoing simple actions. Performance on sound events was measured in two ways: sounds were directly verified as belonging to a category, or sounds were used to create lexical priming. The category verification experiment measured the accuracy and reaction time to brief excerpts of these sounds. The lexical priming experiment measured reaction time benefits and costs caused by the presentation of these sounds prior to a lexical decision. The level of description of a sound varied in how specifically it described the physical properties of the action producing the sound. Both identification and priming effects were superior when a label described the specific interaction causing the sound (e.g. trickling) in comparison to the following: (1) more general descriptions (e.g. pour, liquid: trickling is a specific manner of pouring liquid), (2) more detailed descriptions using adverbs to provide detail regarding the manner of the action (e.g. trickling evenly). These results are consistent with neuroimaging studies showing that auditory representations of sounds produced by actions familiar to the listener activate motor representations of the gestures involved in sound production. SN - 1432-1106 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23411674/Evidence_for_a_basic_level_in_a_taxonomy_of_everyday_action_sounds_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-013-3430-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -