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Re: Minimum duration required in a sinusoid to hear pitch


These studies are not about how long it takes to perform processes, but rather about how long a sample is required to provide sufficient timbre information to do this four choice task. So there is sufficient timbre information in a short sample to identify the vowel or instrument, and you need a longer sample to achieve equivalent performance on a four-choice pitch-chroma task.

I understand your point. Nevertheless, it seems that auditory object
discrimination is indeed very short (here they write something like 60-70-ms in
order to distinguish between man-made versus living objects sounds):

Murray, Camen, Gonzalez Andino, Bovet, & Clarke1 (2006). Rapid Brain
Discrimination of Sounds of Objects. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26(4),


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