The octave illusion revisited: Suppression or fusion between ears?

Chambers, CD, Mattingley, JB and Moss, SA (2002) The octave illusion revisited: Suppression or fusion between ears?. Journal of Experimental Psychology-human Perception And Performance, 28 6: 1288-1302. doi:10.1037//0096-1523.28.6.1288

Author Chambers, CD
Mattingley, JB
Moss, SA
Title The octave illusion revisited: Suppression or fusion between ears?
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology-human Perception And Performance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-1523
Publication date 2002-01-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037//0096-1523.28.6.1288
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 6
Start page 1288
End page 1302
Total pages 15
Place of publication Washington
Publisher Amer Psychological Assoc
Language eng
Abstract The octave illusion occurs when each ear receives a sequence of tones alternating by I octave but with the high and low tones in different ears. Most listeners perceive these stimuli as a high pitch in one ear alternating with a low pitch in the other ear. D. Deutsch and P. L. Roll (1976) interpreted this phenomenon as evidence for a what-where division of auditory processing caused by sequential interactions between the tones. They argued that the pitch follows the frequency presented to the dominant ear but is lateralized toward the higher frequency component. This model was examined in 4 experiments. Results indicate that the perceived pitch approximates the fundamental frequency and that the illusion does not depend on sequential interactions. The octave illusion may arise from an interaction between dichotic fusion and binaural diplacusis rather than from suppression as proposed by Deutsch.
Keyword Psychology
Psychology, Experimental
Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions
Central Origin
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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