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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Demany and Ramos [(2005). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 117, 833-841] found that it is possible to hear an upward or downward pitch change between two successive pure tones differing in frequency even when the first tone is informationally masked by other tones, preventing a conscious perception of its pitch. This provides evidence for the existence of automatic(More)
In three experiments, untrained listeners made same/different judgments on pairs of pure or complex tones with periods that eventually differed by +/- 4%. On each trial, the two test tones were separated by 4.3 s, during which other tones (I) were heard but had to be ignored. The period (p) of the first test tone was randomly selected between 1/600 and(More)
The memory trace of the pitch sensation induced by a standard tone (S) can be strongly degraded by subsequently intervening sounds (I). Deutsch [Science 168, 1604-1605 (1970)] suggested that the degradation is much weaker when the I sounds are words than when they are tones. In Deutsch's study, however, the pitch relations between S and the I words were not(More)
Previous research has shown that the detectability of a local change in a visual image is essentially independent of the complexity of the image when the interstimulus interval (ISI) is very short, but is limited by a low-capacity memory system when the ISI exceeds 100 ms. In the study reported here, listeners made same/different judgments on pairs of(More)
By presenting, before a "chord" of three pure tones with remote frequencies, a tone relatively close in frequency to one component (T1) of the chord, one can direct the listener's attention onto T1 within the chord. In the first part of the present study, it was found that this increases the accuracy with which the pitch of T1 is perceived. The attentional(More)