Subjectively divided tone components in the gap transfer illusion

Kyoko Kanafuka, Yoshitaka Nakajima, Gerard B. Remijn, Takayuki Sasaki, Shunsuke Tanaka

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When a long glide with a short temporal gap in its middle crosses with a continuous short glide at the temporal midpoint of both glides, the gap is perceived in the short glide instead of in the long glide. In the present article, we tested possible explanations for this "gap transfer illusion" by obtaining points of subjective equality of the pitches and durations of the two short tones that are subjectively divided by the gap. The results of two experiments showed that neither an explanation in terms of envelope patterns nor explanations in terms of combination tones or acoustic beats could account for the perception of the short tones in the gap transfer illusion. Rather, the results were compatible with the idea that the illusory tones were formed by the perceptual integration of onsets and offsets of acoustically different sounds. Implications for the perceptual construction of auditory events are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-653
Number of pages13
JournalPerception and Psychophysics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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