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J Acoust Soc Am. 2011 Oct;130(4):EL129-34. doi: 10.1121/1.3629139.

A note about insensitivity to pitch-change direction.

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Department of Psychology, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, United Kingdom.


Some listeners are insensitive to the direction of pure-tone frequency changes when the standard frequency is roved widely over trials, but less so when the standard frequency is fixed and trial-by-trial feedback is provided. The present experiment tested the hypothesis that fixing the standard frequency and providing feedback is advantageous for direction-impaired listeners because under these conditions the listeners can learn to respond correctly without genuinely perceiving frequency-change direction. This hypothesis was ruled out by the experiment. It appears instead that direction-impaired listeners find it difficult to ignore the irrelevant frequency changes introduced by roving.

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