An empirical investigation of the reference-tone hypothesis of absolute pitch (1971)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
Three musicians, highly proficient in the absolute identification of piano tones, were required to re- produce on an oscillator, three target tones by the method of adjustment. The subjects, in varying degrees, demonstrated high levels of consistency and accuracy of response relative to International Standard Pitch. Using the same subjects, the reference tone hypothesis was then put to test in the context of a pitch recognition task where accuracy and latency of response were the dependent variables. Lack of support for the experimental hypotheses might have been due to certain artifacts of the method used.
KeywordsMusic--Psychological aspects; Musical pitch; Sound--Psychological aspects
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