Effects of perturbation magnitude and voice F0 level on the pitch-shift reflex

Hanjun Liu, Charles R. Larson*

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the responsiveness of the pitch-shift reflex to small magnitude stimuli and voice fundamental frequency (F0) level. English speakers received pitch-shifted voice feedback (±10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 cents, 200 ms duration) during vowel phonations at a high and a low F0 level. Mean pitch-shift response magnitude increased as a function of pitch-shift stimulus magnitude, but when expressed as a percent of stimulus magnitude, declined from 100% with ±10 cents to 37% with ±50 cents stimuli. Response magnitudes were larger and latencies were shorter with a high F0 level (16 cents;130 ms) compared to a low F0 level (13 cents;152 ms). Data from the present study demonstrate that vocal response magnitudes are equal to small perturbation magnitudes, and they are larger and faster with a high F0 voice. These results suggest that the audio-vocal system is optimally suited for compensating for small pitch rather than larger perturbations. Data also suggest the sensitivity of the audio-vocal system to voice perturbation may vary with F0 level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3671-3677
Number of pages7
Journaljournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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