Catherine Semal

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This paper reports two experiments concerning the stimulus specificity of pitch discrimination learning. In experiment 1, listeners were initially trained, during ten sessions (about 11,000 trials), to discriminate a monaural pure tone of 3000 Hz from ipsilateral pure tones with slightly different frequencies. The resulting perceptual learning (improvement(More)
The decays of pitch traces and loudness traces in short-term auditory memory were compared in forced-choice discrimination experiments. The two stimuli presented on each trial were separated by a variable delay (D); they consisted of pure tones, series of resolved harmonics, or series of unresolved harmonics mixed with lowpass noise. A roving procedure was(More)
For normal-hearing adult listeners, two simultaneous pure tones with a frequency ratio close to 2/1 may perceptually fuse into a single sound, which shows that such listeners are sensitive to "octave harmony." Many adult listeners are also able to consistently adjust two successive pure tones "one octave apart," which shows that they possess melodic octave(More)
Previous research has suggested that Parkinson's disease (PD) impairs perceptual acuity in the temporal domain. In the present study, psychophysical tests assessing several aspects of auditory temporal processing were administered to a group of PD patients treated with bilateral subthalamic nucleus (STN) stimulation and to a normal control group. Each(More)
Various results indicate that the perception of a complex tone's "virtual" pitch is generally lateralized in the right cerebral hemisphere. The primary aim of this work was to test the hypothesis that this is not the case for the "spectral" pitch percepts induced by complex tones. Forty right-handed and 18 left-handed listeners were monaurally presented(More)
An adaptive forced-choice procedure was used to measure, in four normal-hearing subjects, detection thresholds for sinusoidal frequency modulation as a function of carrier frequency (fc, from 250 to 4000 Hz) and modulation frequency (fmod. from 1 to 64 Hz). The results show that, for a wide range of fmod values, fc and fmod have almost independent effects(More)
It is commonly assumed that one can always assign a direction-upward or downward-to a percept of pitch change. The present study shows that this is true for some, but not all, listeners. Frequency difference limens (FDLs, in cents) for pure tones roved in frequency were measured in two conditions. In one condition, the task was to detect frequency changes;(More)
We compared auditory change detection to visual change detection using closely matched stimuli and tasks in the two modalities. On each trial, participants were presented with a test stimulus consisting of ten elements: pure tones with various frequencies for audition, or dots with various spatial positions for vision. The test stimulus was preceded or(More)
In four related experiments, subjects had to discriminate between the presence or absence of a frequency difference between two pure tones separated by 4.3 s. The interference effects of other tones (I), inserted during the retention interval, were investigated. A previous study [C. Semal and L. Demany, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 89, 2404-2410 (1991)] had shown(More)
Stimuli consisting of two simultaneous and sinusoidally frequency-modulated pure tones were dichotically presented to four listeners. Two component tones of each stimulus were approximately an octave apart. They were both modulated at 2 Hz, and the frequency swing resulting from each modulation corresponded to one tenth of the carrier frequency. The(More)