Psych M.D. – Place Theory


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Term: Place Theory
Definition (Myers): In hearing, the theory that links the pitch we hear with the place where the cochlea's membrane is stimulated. 1
Definition (alternative): A theory of pitch perception which states that the perception of the pitch of a sound depends upon the level or region of the basilar membrane of the cochlea which is set into vibration by the sound waves. 2
Contextual explanation: One of the hearing theories that states that the perception of a sound depends on the basilar membrane of cochlea for its sound vibration.
Related terms and concepts:
  • Frequency Theory
place theory pitch 3 The Ear 4



Sound Pitch 5

Basilar Membrane 6



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Sources:
  1. Myers, D. G. (2004). Psychology. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. (2000, 03, 05). place theory. Retrieved September 22, 2009, from Mondofacto Web site: http://www.mondofacto.com/facts/dictionary?place%20theory
  3. Nave, R Place Theory. Retrieved September 24, 2009, Web site: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/sound/place.html
  4. October 2008 . Retrieved September 24, 2009, Web site: http://www.rhsmpsychology.com/Calendar/October.html
  5. Nicholas and Penot, B. and JP Source Sonore. Retrieved September 24, 2009, Web site: http://www.cnes.fr/imagezoom.php?location=public&file=p1373_19d41fd6eca7f125ebc6c88b350b45ecdoppler.gif&label=If+the+sound+source+is+stationary%2C+the+observer+perceives+an+unvarying+sound.+The+pitch+gets+higher+as+s%2Fhe+moves+closer+to+the+source%2C+and+lower+as+s%2Fhe+moves+away.+JP+Penot+(CNES)+and+B.+Nicolas%2C+ill.+B+Nicolas
  6. (2003). Pitch. Retrieved September 24, 2009, from PS BOARD Web site: http://www.ps.si.mahidol.ac.th/PSBoard/psboard_Question.asp?GID=1612
Edited by: Alice
Date of last edit: 09/24/09



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