Comments on: “Monotic and Dichotic Pitch Matchings with Complex Sounds” (G. VAN DEN BRINK)

  • E. Terhardt
Conference paper
Part of the Communication and Cybernetics book series (COMMUNICATION, volume 8)


It may be of interest to note that the maximal frequency distances for dichotic fusion and monotic fusion of two simultaneous pure tones, respectively, coincide well (Fig. 4 of van den Brink’s paper; Thurlow and Bernstein, 1957; Plomp, 1964; Terhardt, 1968). This is another indication of the close cooperation of both ears in pitch perception. In addition to the relations between virtual pitch of complex tones and spectral pitch of their harmonics which have been demonstrated so excellently by van den Brink in his dichotic experiments, this issue supports the idea that
  1. (1)

    spectral resolution of harmonics is an essential condition for the existence of virtual pitch (Terhardt, 1970),

  2. (2)

    virtual pitch is derived from the spectral pitches (in contrast to periodicities or frequencies) of dominant (i.e. aurally resolvable) harmonics (Terhardt, 1970; 1972a, b), and

  3. (3)

    virtual pitch is the product of a perceptual process of much higher complexity (i.e. of a more “central” process) than is the case for spectral pitch (Walliser, 1969; Terhardt, 1970; 1972a, b; Houtsma and Goldstein, 1972; Wilson, 1974; Goldstein, 1974; Terhardt, 1974).



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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Terhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Elektroakustik der Technischen UniversitätMünchenGermany

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