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Influence of the Initial Phase of Short Sinusoidal Pulses on the Duration Threshold for Tone-Pitch

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The effect of the initial phase of short tone pulses on their tone-pitch has been experimentally studied. Seven different frequencies were used: 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, 4000 Hz and 8000 Hz. The results of our experiments show that the increase in the initial phase from 0° to 80° cause generally an increase of the tone-pitch duration threshold. This has been found mainly in the frequency range of 125 Hz to 1000 Hz, however it can hardly be detected at the frequency range of 2000 Hz to 8000 Hz. The observed phenomenon seems to support the place theory of audition.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1977

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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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