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  BAASTA: Battery for the Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities

Dalla Bella, S., Farrugia, N., Benoit, C.-E., Begel, V., Verga, L., Harding, E., et al. (2017). BAASTA: Battery for the Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities. Behavior Research Methods, 49(3), 1128-1145. doi:10.3758/s13428-016-0773-6.

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Dalla Bella, Simone1, 2, 3, 4, Author
Farrugia, Nicolas1, 3, 5, 6, Author              
Benoit, Charles-Etienne1, 3, 5, Author              
Begel, Valentin1, 7, Author
Verga, Laura1, 5, Author              
Harding, Eleanor5, Author              
Kotz, Sonja A.1, 5, 8, Author              
1Movement to Health Laboratory M2H - EuroMov, Université Montpellier, France, ou_persistent22              
2Institut Universitaire de France, Paris, France, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Cognitive Psychology, University of Finance and Management, Warsaw, Poland, ou_persistent22              
4International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS), University of Montréal, QC, Canada, ou_persistent22              
5Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
6Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
7NaturalPad, SAS, Montpellier, France, ou_persistent22              
8Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              


Free keywords: Timing; Rhythm perception; Rhythm performance; Sensorimotor synchronization; Beat deafness; Music cognition
 Abstract: The Battery for the Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (BAASTA) is a new tool for the systematic assessment of perceptual and sensorimotor timing skills. It spans a broad range of timing skills aimed at differentiating individual timing profiles. BAASTA consists of sensitive time perception and production tasks. Perceptual tasks include duration discrimination, anisochrony detection (with tones and music), and a version of the Beat Alignment Task. Perceptual thresholds for duration discrimination and anisochrony detection are estimated with a maximum likelihood procedure (MLP) algorithm. Production tasks use finger tapping and include unpaced and paced tapping (with tones and music), synchronization-continuation, and adaptive tapping to a sequence with a tempo change. BAASTA was tested in a proof-of-concept study with 20 non-musicians (Experiment 1). To validate the results of the MLP procedure, less widespread than standard staircase methods, three perceptual tasks of the battery (duration discrimination, anisochrony detection with tones, and with music) were further tested in a second group of non-musicians using 2 down / 1 up and 3 down / 1 up staircase paradigms (n = 24) (Experiment 2). The results show that the timing profiles provided by BAASTA allow to detect cases of timing/rhythm disorders. In addition, perceptual thresholds yielded by the MLP algorithm, although generally comparable to the results provided by standard staircase, tend to be slightly lower. In sum, BAASTA provides a comprehensive battery to test perceptual and sensorimotor timing skills, and to detect timing/rhythm deficits.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2016-07-212017-06
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3758/s13428-016-0773-6
PMID: 27443353
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Project name : Europe, Brain and Music: New perspectives for stimulating cognitive and sensory processes / EBRAMUS
Grant ID : 238157
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
Project name : BAASTA-FEDER project
Grant ID : -
Funding program : FEDER Funds
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)

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Title: Behavior Research Methods
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Austin, TX : Psychonomic Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 49 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1128 - 1145 Identifier: ISSN: 1554-3528
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1554-3528