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date: 17 June 2019

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This chapter provides a concise account of the processes involved in the perception of musical pitch. It describes the ways in which the auditory system derives the psychological attribute pitch from the acoustic signal that enters our outer ears, noting that musical pitch perception is underpinned by dual processes based on place of excitation and extraction of temporal structure. It describes the processes implicated in perception of complex tones, touches on issues in musical perception by cochlear implant users, discusses the role of higher-order—largely cortical—processes in pitch perception, and compares the roles of, and relationships between, pitch in music and in speech.

Keywords: pitch, cochlea, cochlear implant, pitch perception, auditory system

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