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Re: place pitch and temporal pitch

Dear Eckard:

I conclude that pitch is best if the brain can exploit both cues,
as is usually the case with most natural signals.
Is there anything wrong with this view?
To some extent yes, I think so. Pitch is obviously a unitary perception.
That is an important achievement of our brain: To present to us as
unitary perception what is deduced from different cues. Another example
would be spatial hearing: There are intensity differences, interaural
time (!) differences, spectral (!) filtering by the outer ear, and even
cues due to involuntary small head movements that interact perfectly so
as to give a single percept of stereolocation. So pitch being a unitay
percept does not rule out its relying on separate mechanisms.

(I am aware that there are other positions in psychology, such as direct
perception etc., that would strongly object to such "constructivist"
views, and I would not claim truth for this position, but it is one of
my several working hypotheses [I switch them as I please ;) ])

Furthermore, merely a faint pitch remains when you excluded the spectral
code. Not by chance, place code is clearly the dominant one.
I did not say anything about relative importance. There seem to be two
cues, both are in general present, and both will be exploited (and
contribute to a unitary percept).

In K&D 1998 (see below) we presented evidence against AC models
based on AC of the raw sound waveform.
Understanding your reasoning quite well, I can nonetheless not confirm
that. Your filters excluded the spectral code. Consequently, the admittedly
hidden two-stage autocorrelation of the raw sound waveform was also
excluded. This caused the discrepancy between your correct conclusion that
there is no autocorrelation and Peter Cariani's claim that autocorrelation
plays an important role. Do not be disappointed. You discovered what
remains without spectrally based autocorrelation.
Oh, Eckard, I would not be disappointed if we two would continue to
disagree. Such things happen.

As to this attempt to "save" AC via a two-stage model including both
spectral and temporal processing: No, it does not work. I said that
natural stimuli do have both cues, but they don't need to have all of
them along all frequencies involved. Natural stimuli will more often
than not comprise unresolved harmonics with no spectral cues. And if we
look on what is happening with resolved harmonics: There is simply no
way to tell whether the mechanism dealing with them are able or not to
do higher-order statistics. Resolved harmonics transmit only periodic
approximations of the original stimulus, and in periodic sequences
all-order and first-order statistics give the same information. It would
be a parsimonious (and hence good) theory to assume that the temporal
mechanism involved with resolved harmonics is operating very similar to
that working with unresolved harmonics.

I would not expect Peter to be especially upset about my last posting,
as I was (I think so) very  careful to give AC models their appropriate
place, which is at least as important as those famous spectral models:
All have their value to explain what they were made to explain, and all
have their limitations.