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The Effect of Intensity on Pitch

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We studied the changes in pitch, induced by the sound pressure level (SPL). For some problems concerning these changes no answer was found in the literature and for some others conflicting answers were found.

In our experiment we varied the SPL of the test stimulus as well as of the comparison stimulus. Both stimuli were single frequency stimuli. The data will be analysed as to reveal the significance of the pitch for each observer and for the average, the influence of the comparison level and the shape of the curves. The effect of some stimulation conditions is discussed. An adapted rule for the description of the pitch changes is proposed as the rule by Stevens was found inaccurate. The results by other investigators are discussed and some divergent results are reconciled. The standard deviations in the adjustments are discussed with respect to the literature on the just noticeable differences (jnd) for pitch. The effect of the experimental method on the values of the jnd are shown.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1975

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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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