Long-term music training modulates the recalibration of audiovisual simultaneity

Crescent Jicol, Michael Proulx, Frank Pollick, Karin Petrini

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1869–1880
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Volume236
Issue number7
Early online date23 Apr 2018
DOIs
StatusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

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Long-term music training modulates the recalibration of audiovisual simultaneity. / Jicol, Crescent; Proulx, Michael; Pollick, Frank; Petrini, Karin.

In: Experimental Brain Research, Vol. 236, No. 7, 01.07.2018, p. 1869–1880.

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