The Central Origin of the Pitch of Complex Tones: Evidence from Musical Interval Recognition

  • Houtsma A
  • Goldstein J
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Abstract

Stimuli comprising two randomly chosen successive upper harmonics
were presented both monotically and dichotically. Subjects could
recognise melodies equally well with both modes of presentation (if
allowance is made for the influence of combination tones). The authors
suggest that all monotic stimuli for which identification performance
was better than chance either consisted of behaviorally resolveable
tones, or generated such tones as combination tones. They did not,
however, measure the ability of their own observers in analysing
partials.

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Authors

  • A. J. M. Houtsma

  • J.L. Goldstein

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