The neural basis of pitch and harmony in the auditory system

  title={The neural basis of pitch and harmony in the auditory system},
  author={Gerald Langner and Michael Ochse},
  journal={Musicae Scientiae},
  pages={185 - 208}
Background in psychophysics Psychophysical experiments have shown that the human brain has a natural preference for harmonic sounds and relationships between musical tones. Even naïve listeners are able to distinguish harmonic from inharmonic musical intervals and, under many conditions, the pitches of octaves are confused even though their fundamental frequency differs by a factor of two. Our psychophysical investigations in Mongolian gerbils have shown that animals can also learn to… 

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