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Comparative learning of pitch and loudness identification

Author(s): Durlach, N. I., Horowitz, D. M.

Journal/Book: J Acoust Soc Am. 1987; 81: 129-32.

Abstract: This study investigated possible similarities between the ability to identify pitches and the ability to identify loudnesses. Systematic training of musically naive subjects indicated that frequency identification performance improves at about the same rate as intensity identification performance. Examination of frequency and intensity identification behavior of musically trained subjects showed that their ability to code pitch information efficiently does not generalize to an ability to encode loudness information more efficiently than untrained subjects. Intensity identification training curves of musically trained and untrained subjects are similar, but final performance levels are below frequency identification performance levels exhibited by musically trained subjects, especially those with absolute pitch.

Keyword(s): Loudness Perception|. Pitch Discrimination|

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