The influence of duration on the perception of pitch in single and simultaneous complex tones

J.G. Beerends

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Abstract

The influence of duration on the virtual pitch of complex tones was measured using an absolute identification paradigm. If performance with two-tone complexes is expressed in terms of a single central frequency-coding noise function, this function is found to depend on duration in about the same way as the pure-tone difference limen function. The function is further found to be a reasonably good predictor of pitch identification performance with multitone complexes. Another experimental finding was that subjects tend to switch to the analytic mode of pitch perception when complex tones are shortened (i.e., they tend to hear the spectral pitches instead of the virtual ones). A third finding was that with simultaneous complex tones the degradation of each pitch percept depends not only on duration and harmonic order of the tone but also on the harmonic order of the other tone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1835-1844
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume86
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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