Relative and Absolute Pitch Perception Explained by Common Neuronal Mechanisms

  • Gerald Langner


Pitch is a perceptual attribute of acoustic signals which like the visual attribute colour may be used to distinguish and characterize objects in our environment. However, unlike the fundamentals of colour perception the fundamental neuronal mechanisms of pitch perception are still under debate. Moreover, there is still no consensus about the actual physical parameter corresponding to pitch. Some theories (Terhardt, 1972; Wightman, 1973; Goldstein, 1973) are based on the assumption that frequency components resolved by the auditory analysis are essential for pitch perception. Other theories assume that a temporal analysis of periodicity information has to supplement the restricted frequency analysis.


Inferior Colliculus Periodicity Code Absolute Pitch Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus Guinea Fowl 
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  • Gerald Langner
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  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyTHDDarmstadtGermany

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