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Dear List Members,

According to Flanagan & Sadlow (1958), Pitch discrimination for synthetic vowels, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 30: 435-442, F0DLs are slightly smaller than FDLs for a sinusoid with a frequency equal to that of the lowest frequency component of the complex tone.  This implies that the (residue) pitch of the complex tone is stronger than that of the sinusoid, as long as there are resolvable low-frequency harmonics in the complex tone (e.g., harmonic numbers 3 to 5).  I'm assuming that this is due to the integration of information from different resolvable harmonics to determine the residue pitch.

My question is simply: does anyone know of any other more-recent studies that have replicated this finding?  

There's plenty in the literature on pitch perception of tones vs complex tones, which I know about; however, I cannot find any other studies that have explicitly compared sensitivity to pitch changes of pure tones vs complex tones, when the frequency of the sinusoid is equal to the F0 component of the complex tone?

Best wishes,

Dr José Ignacio Alcántara

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