Re: [Fwd: pitch shift with age] (Elito Handelman )

Subject: Re: [Fwd: pitch shift with age]
From:    Elito Handelman  <eliot(at)GENERATION.NET>
Date:    Tue, 22 Sep 1998 13:43:21 -0500

Jont Allen wrote: > Daniel J. Levitin wrote: > > > > >Dear auditory list, > > >Can anyone give me a reference to a perceptual study of pitch shift with > > >age? Am I correct that the general finding is that there is an upward > > >shift in the perception of pitch in older individuals, and is the > > >mechanism known? > > There is a natural upward shift of 'pure tone place' in the cochlea with hearing > loss, of any type, and this place-shift is therefore correlated to presbycusis. > Look at my home page for details. > I have generally reliable pitch memory, and I note that when I lose it I always do so on the down side, though I don't think this has anything to do with age. It occurred to me the other day that this might be related to the old problem of perceptual over- and under-estimation, supposedly correlated to personality -- as I recall it was Zuckerman, author of "Sensation Seeking," who made these distinctions. I find that my general auditory acuity is not mood independent, though I wish it were. I wonder have others thought about the problem in this way? -- eliot Email to AUDITORY should now be sent to AUDITORY(at) LISTSERV commands should be sent to listserv(at) Information is available on the WEB at

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