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Dichotic pitches as illusions of binaural unmasking. II. The Fourcin pitch and the dichotic repetition pitch

Culling, John Francis, Marshall, David H. and Summerfield, Quentin 1998. Dichotic pitches as illusions of binaural unmasking. II. The Fourcin pitch and the dichotic repetition pitch. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 103 (6) , pp. 3527-3539. 10.1121/1.423060

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Abstract

The predictions of three models are compared with respect to existing experimental data on the perception of the Fourcin pitch (FP) and the dichotic repetition pitch (DRP). Each model generates a central spectrum (CS), which is examined for peaks at frequencies consistent with the perceived pitches. A modified equalization-cancellation (mE-C) model of binaural unmasking [Culling and Summerfield, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 98, 785–797 (1995)] generates a CS which reflects the degree of interaural decorrelation present in each frequency channel. This model accounts for the perceived frequencies of FPs, but produces no output for DRP stimuli. A restricted equalization-cancellation (rE-C) model [Bilsen and Goldstein, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 55, 292–296 (1974)] sums the time-varying excitation in corresponding frequency channels, without equalization, to form a CS. A central activity pattern (CAP) model [Raatgever and Bilsen, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 80, 429–441 (1986)] generates a CS by scanning an interaural cross-correlation matrix across frequency. The rE-C and CAP models yield inaccurate predictions of the perceived frequencies of FPs, but predict the occurrence of the DRP and its correct pitch. The complementary predictions of the mE-C model compared to the rE-C and CAP models, together with the evidence that the FP is clearly audible for the majority of listeners, while the DRP is faintly heard by a minority of listeners, suggest that the mE-C model provides the best available account of the FP, and that the DRP is produced by a separate mechanism.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
ISSN: 0001-4966
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:55
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13748

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