The salience of enhanced components within inharmonic complexes

Andrew J. Byrne, Mark A. Stellmack, Neal F. Viemeister

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A subjective listening task was used to measure the salience of enhanced components using typical intensity-enhancement stimuli, time-reversed versions of those stimuli, and stimuli which contained a frequency shift of the target component. Twenty-five listeners judged whether or not a pitch "stood out" within an inharmonic complex. For comparison, judgments also were made for stimuli with a single segment that consisted of a simultaneously masked target. The results indicate that the perceived salience of enhanced components is greater than might be predicted by the effective magnitude of those components, and that informational masking is likely involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2631-2634
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013

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Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health under award number R01DC00683. The authors would like to thank Dr. Laurent Demany who provided helpful comments and suggestions for improving this manuscript.


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