Pitch-->small (Bruce Walker )

Subject: Pitch-->small
From:    Bruce Walker  <walkerb(at)RUF.RICE.EDU>
Date:    Thu, 31 Aug 2000 23:22:09 -0500

Paul, In my dissertation I used magnitude estimation to scale physical dimensions of sounds (e.g., frequency, tempo) to "conceptual" data dimensions (e.g., temprature, pressure, SIZE). It turns out that the listeners produced power functions in every case, and for the frequency-->size mapping the function was negative. That is, increasing frequency (call it pitch if you wish) maps onto DECREASING size. Ecologically speaking, not surprising: small bells ring with high frequencies, large bells ring with low frequencies. Regards, --Bruce ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bruce Walker (PC86-88) Rice University Psychology Department email: walkerb(at)rice.edu 6100 Main St., Houston, TX, 77005 ph: (713) 522-2969 (home) (713) 348-3772 (office) http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~walkerb (713) 348-5221 (fax) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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