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The planning and execution of short auditory sequences

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Keller,  Peter E.
Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Koch,  Iring
Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Keller, P. E., & Koch, I. (2006). The planning and execution of short auditory sequences. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13(4), 711-716. doi:10.3758/BF03193985.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-E2AC-2
Abstract
Action planning, but not action execution, in speeded tasks is typically faster when responses and their effects are compatible than when they are incompatible. We tested whether response-effect compatibility (REC) affects the execution of music-like sequential actions that require temporal regularity rather than rapidity. Musicians responded to metronomic visual stimuli by producing sequences of three taps at a specific tempo on three vertically aligned keys. Each tap triggered a tone. Key-to-tone mapping was either compatible or incompatible in terms of spatial height and pitch height. The results indicated that tap timing was more accurate with compatible than with incompatible mappings, both for taps produced before (Tap 1) and after (Taps 2 and 3) the onset of auditory feedback. Thus, the observed influence of REC on action execution was not due exclusively to actual auditory feedback. The anticipation of distal action effects may be involved in planning the dynamics of temporally precise movements.