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Some Notes on Frequency Discrimination and Masking

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In order to study frequency discrimination near and at the threshold of masking, a paradigm was used which permitted frequency discrimination and detection of noise-embedded sinusoids to be measured in one experiment. The just noticeable difference in frequency at the threshold of detection was found to be Δf″ ≈ 16 Hz with durations of the sinusoid of Δt = 64 ms and with Δt = 256 ms. With Δt = 16 ms, Δf″ ≈ 64 Hz. The frequency of the sinusoids was 1000 Hz in all experiments. The possible implications for a place theory and a periodicity theory of pitch perception are mentioned.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1974

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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