Pitch Discrimination and Musical Interval Recognition in Backward Masking

  • A. Rakowski
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In recent years several authors have studied the interfering effect of a sound appearing later than a probe tone on the exact estimation of a pitch or timbre quality of that probe. Various terms have been introduced to describe this effect, such as “informational masking” (Pollack, 1975), “Backward interference” (Loeb and Holding, 1975) or “temporal interference” (Yost, Berg and Thomas, 1976). The amount of this interference is not critically dependent on the intensity ratio of interfering and probe tones.


Test Stimulus Correct Recognition Test Tone Absolute Pitch Probe Tone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rakowski
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  1. 1.Department of Music AcousticsFrederic Chopin Academy of MusicWarszawaPoland

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