On the encoding of pitch and the quantitative measurement of pitch strength

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Joseph Walton Hall (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David Soderquist

Abstract: The purposes of this study were (a) to examine the level, peripheral or central, at which complex stimuli are encoded or analyzed, and (b) to obtain quantitative measures of the strength of complex stimuli. Theories of complex pitch perception (especially Wightman's 1973b.The pattern transformation model of pitch. J. Acous. Soc. Amer., 54,407-417) bearing on the physiological level of pitch encoding and the strength of complex stimuli were reviewed, and a number of complex stimulus presentation methods that would test the predictions of these theories were described. Peripheral vs. central pitch analysis was examined in binaural conditions in which complex tones having different fundamentals were presented to separate ears. The stimuli were selected such that taken together, they had the same fundamental. If two pitches (each corresponding to the fundamental of the complex at each ear) were heard, evidence for peripheral coding would be supplied. If one pitch (corresponding to the fundamental of both complexes taken together) were heard, evidence for central coding would be supplied.

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Language: English
Date: 1974
Musical pitch
Auditory perception

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