Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Christopher J. Plack, Andrew J. Oxenham
    Pages 1-6
  3. Christopher J. Plack, Andrew J. Oxenham
    Pages 7-55
  4. William P. Shofner
    Pages 56-98
  5. Ian M. Winter
    Pages 99-146
  6. Timothy D. Griffiths
    Pages 147-168
  7. Alain de Cheveigné
    Pages 169-233
  8. Christopher J. Darwin
    Pages 278-305
  9. Emmanuel Bigand, Barbara Tillmann
    Pages 306-351
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 353-364

About this book


Although pitch has been considered an important area of auditory research since the birth of modern acoustics in the 19th century, some of the most significant developments in our understanding of this phenomenon have occurred comparatively recently. In auditory physiology, researchers are now identifying cells in the brainstem and cortex that may be involved in the derivation of pitch. In auditory psychophysics, dramatic developments over the last several years have changed our understanding of temporal pitch mechanisms, and of the roles of resolved and unresolved harmonics. Computational modeling has provided new insights into the biological algorithms that may underlie pitch perception. Modern brain imaging techniques have suggested possible cortical locations for pitch mechanisms.

This timely volume presents recent findings, while emphasizing their relation to the discoveries of the past. It brings together insights from several different methodological areas: physiology, psychophysics, comparative, imaging, etc., in addressing a single scientific problem. Pitch perception can be regarded as one of the main problems of hearing, and the multidisciplinary approach of the book provides a valuable reference source for graduate students and academics.

Christopher J. Plack is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, U.K.  Andrew J. Oxenham is a Principal Research Scientist of the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.  Richard R. Fay is Director of the Parmly Hearing Institute and Professor of Psychology at Loyola University of Chicago.  Arthur N. Popper is Professor in the Department of Biology and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Auditory Oxenham acoustics brain brain imaging brainstem cells cortex hearing imaging techniques implant modeling neurophysiology perception physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher J. Plack
    • 1
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 2
  • Andrew J. Oxenham
    • 3
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  2. 2.Parmly Hearing Institute and Department of PsychologyLoyola University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Research Laboratory of ElectronicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-23472-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-28958-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0947-2657
  • About this book