the scientific study of sound perception.

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What's the shortest that a note can be and still have a recognisable pitch?

While talking about this question: What does it mean to play a note for half a second? I got to thinking - how short can a note actually be for us to perceive its fundamental pitch? Obviously real ...
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Is it learned or innate our reaction of happiness or sadness in music? [duplicate]

Are we born with the response telling us that the chord tones or melody has a sad or happy quality? Or is it learned by our culture? The minor scale and chords have a serious or sadness to them ...
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Why does music increase abstract reasoning ability? [closed]

It is said that experimental evidence has it that music (both listening to music as well as playing musical instruments) enhances one's mathematical/abstract reasoning capabilities. My question is: is ...
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Does good intonation alone really make you “louder”? If yes, why?

I have multiple times heard this claim, from very different sources. There certainly seems to be some correlation between intonation and "loudness", in the sense that ensembles with great harmony ...