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Perception of Rhythm: Subjective Equability

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Two trains of sound-impulses (train A and train B of pure tones and white noise, respectively) with one and the same period T were superimposed and presented diotically to between three and six subjects. The subjects were required to delay train B with respect to train A in such a way that the rhythm established by the combined train (A and B together) was subjectively equable. In case of identical pulses of A and B the resulting delay time was T/2, as expected. With some approximation, the same result was obtained when the pulses differed in SPL. When the B-pulses had a longer duration than the A-pulses, the resulting delay time (between the onsets of the pulses) was systematically less than T/2. The difference was maximally 60 ms, depending upon the temporal envelope of the pulses. No influence of the period T was observable.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1976

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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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