Long-term music training modulates the recalibration of audiovisual simultaneity

Jicol, C., Proulx, M. J., Pollick, F. E. and Petrini, K. (2018) Long-term music training modulates the recalibration of audiovisual simultaneity. Experimental Brain Research, 236(7), pp. 1869-1880. (doi: 10.1007/s00221-018-5269-4) (PMID:29687204)

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To overcome differences in physical transmission time and neural processing, the brain adaptively recalibrates the point of simultaneity between auditory and visual signals by adapting to audiovisual asynchronies. Here, we examine whether the prolonged recalibration process of passively sensed visual and auditory signals is affected by naturally occurring multisensory training known to enhance audiovisual perceptual accuracy. Hence, we asked a group of drummers, of non-drummer musicians and of non-musicians to judge the audiovisual simultaneity of musical and non-musical audiovisual events, before and after adaptation with two fixed audiovisual asynchronies. We found that the recalibration for the musicians and drummers was in the opposite direction (sound leading vision) to that of non-musicians (vision leading sound), and change together with both increased music training and increased perceptual accuracy (i.e. ability to detect asynchrony). Our findings demonstrate that long-term musical training reshapes the way humans adaptively recalibrate simultaneity between auditory and visual signals.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollick, Professor Frank and Petrini, Dr Karin
Authors: Jicol, C., Proulx, M. J., Pollick, F. E., and Petrini, K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Experimental Brain Research
ISSN (Online):1432-1106
Published Online:23 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
First Published:First published in Experimental Brain Research 236(7):1869-1880
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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