Lower frequency limit for pitch perception (Paul von Hippel -- Ohio State )

Subject: Lower frequency limit for pitch perception
From:    Paul von Hippel -- Ohio State  <pvh(at)CCRMA.STANFORD.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 26 Apr 2000 13:15:37 -0700

Below a certain frequency, periodic sounds are no longer perceived as having pitch; instead, they have a rough or pulsating quality (these are probably not the right words). But where exactly is this lower boundary for pitch perception, and on what signal qualities (besides frequency) does it depend? I'm guessing the threshold for simple tones is about 25 Hz, but maybe it's different for complex tones? In any case, it would be nice to know what the research literature has to say. I've looked in a few standard reference books (Moore, Yost & Nielsen, Handel), and searched PsychINFO, but have had no luck -- possibly because I don't know the proper keyword. Thanks for any help you can provide, Paul von Hippel Post-Doctoral Fellow School of Music Ohio State University 1866 College Road Columbus, OH 43210 614 292-7321 von-hippel.1(at)ohio-state.edu (You can also reach me by simply replying to this message. All my mail is forwarded to the same final destination.) http://music-cog.ohio-state.edu/~pvh

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