Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 320–324

Disinhibition in pitch memory

  • Diana Deutsch
  • John Feroe

DOI: 10.3758/BF03203217

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Deutsch, D. & Feroe, J. Perception & Psychophysics (1975) 17: 320. doi:10.3758/BF03203217


Recognition of the pitch of a tone is disrupted by the interpolation of other tones during the retention interval. The disruptive effect of an interpolated tone varies systematically as a function of its pitch relationship to the tone to be remembered, and is maximal at a 2/3-tone separation. When such a tone is interpolated, the interpolation in addition of a further tone that is 2/3 tone removed from this disruptive tone (and 4/3 tone removed from the tone to be remembered) causes recognition of the first tone substantially to return. When recognition performance is plotted as a function of the pitch relationship between these two interpolated tones, the results accord well with a model assuming mutual inhibitory interactions between pitch memory elements.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana Deutsch
    • 1
  • John Feroe
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Human Information ProcessingUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at San DiegoLa Jolla
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego