Is pitch a learned attribute of sounds? Two points in support of Terhardt's pitch theory
Journal/Book: J Acoust Soc Am. 1979; 66: 1210-3.
Abstract: Terhardt [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 55, 1061-1069 (1974)] postulated a pitch perception model wherein a learning stage constitutes an integral part: it is only repeated exposure to patterns of spectral pitch that will generate the percept of virtual pitch (i.e., the residue). Two examples, one clinical and one musical, are cited to support the idea that perception of the pitch of complex tones represents a case of pattern perception which is acquired with experience.
Keyword(s): Learning|. Models, Psychological|. Pitch Perception|