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Absolute Memory for Musical Tempo

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Forty-four subjects sang popular songs from memory, and their tempos were compared to recorded versions of the songs. Forty-three percent of the subjects came within ±6% of the proper tempo. This is within the JND for tempo as established by Drake and Botte (Perception & Psychophysics, 1993) and provides evidence for absolute tempo.

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