Effect of harmonic rank on the streaming of complex tones

Sara Miay Kim Madsen, Torsten Dau, Brian C.J. Moore

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    The effect of the rank of the harmonics on sequential stream segregation of complex tones was investigated for normal-hearing participants with no musical training. It was hypothesized that stream segregation would be greater for tones with high pitch salience, as assessed by fundamental frequency (f0) difference limens. Pitch salience is highest for tones containing some low (resolved) harmonics, but is also fairly high for tones containing harmonics of intermediate rank. The tones were bandpass filtered between 2 and 4 kHz and harmonic rank was varied by changing the f0. There was a significant trend for less stream segregation with increasing harmonic rank. The amount of stream segregation was inversely correlated with the f0 difference limens, consistent with the hypothesis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of ISAAR 2015: Individual Hearing Loss – Characterization, Modelling
    EditorsS. Santurette, T. Dau, J. C. Dalsgaard, L. Tranebjærg, T. Andersen
    Number of pages7
    Publication date2015
    ISBN (Print)978-87-990013-5-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event5th International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research - Nyborg, Denmark
    Duration: 26 Aug 201528 Aug 2015
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research
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