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Title: Skilled musicians are indeed subject to the McGurk effect
Authors: Politzer-Ahles, S 
Pan, L 
Keywords: McGurk effect
Speech perception
Audiovisual integration
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Royal Society
Source: Royal Society open science, Apr. 2019, v. 6, no. 4, 181868, p. 1-10 How to cite?
Journal: Royal Society open science 
Abstract: The McGurk effect is an illusion whereby speech sounds are often mis-categorized when the auditory cues in the stimulus conflict with the visual cues from the speaker's face. A recent study claims that 'skilled musicians are not subject to' this effect. It is not clear, however, if this is intended to mean that skilled musicians do not experience the McGurk effect at all, or if they just experience it to a lesser magnitude than non-musicians. The study also does not statistically demonstrate either of these conclusions, as it does report a numerical (albeit non-significant) McGurk effect for musicians and does not report a significant difference between musicians' and non-musicians' McGurk effect sizes. This article reports a pre-registered, higher-power replication of that study (using twice the sample size and changing from a between-to a within-participants manipulation). Contrary to the original study's conclusion, we find that musicians do show a large and statistically significant McGurk effect and that their effect is no smaller than that of non-musicians.
ISSN: 2054-5703
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.181868
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
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