An autocorrelation model with place dependence to account for the effect of harmonic number on fundamental frequency discrimination

Joshua G.W. Bernstein, Andrew J. Oxenham

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Abstract

Fundamental frequency (f0) difference limens (DLs) were measured as a function of f0 for sine- and random-phase harmonic complexes, bandpass filtered with 3-dB cutoff frequencies of 2.5 and 3.5 kHz (low region) or 5 and 7 kHz (high region), and presented at an average 15 dB sensation level (approximately 48 dB SPL) per component in a wideband background noise. Fundamental frequencies ranged from 50 to 300 Hz and 100 to 600 Hz in the low and high spectral regions, respectively. In each spectral region, f0 DLs improved dramatically with increasing f0 as approximately the tenth harmonic appeared in the passband. Generally, f0 DLs for complexes with similar harmonic numbers were similar in the two spectral regions. The dependence of f0 discrimination on harmonic number presents a significant challenge to autocorrelation (AC) models of pitch, in which predictions generally depend more on spectral region than harmonic number. A modification involving a "lag window" is proposed and tested, restricting the AC representation to a limited range of lags relative to each channel's characteristic frequency. This modified unitary pitch model was able to account for the dependence of f0 DLs on harmonic number, although this correct behavior was not based on peripheral harmonic resolvability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3816-3831
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume117
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

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