Comparative learning of pitch and loudness identification

A.J.M. Houtsma, N.I. Durlach, D.M. Horowitz

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    This study investigated possible similarities between the ability to identify pitches and the ability to identify loudnesses. Systematic training of musically naive subjects indicated that frequency identification performance improves at about the same rate as intensity identification performance. Examination of frequency and intensity identification behavior of musically trained subjects showed that their ability to code pitch information efficiently does not generalize to an ability to encode loudness information more efficiently than untrained subjects. Intensity identification training curves of musically trained and untrained subjects are similar, but final performance levels are below frequency identification performance levels exhibited by musically trained subjects, especially those with absolute pitch.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-132
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1987


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