Weber's fraction for the intensity of pure tones presented binaurally

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The Weber fraction, (I + Δ)/I, was measured for pure tones which were I presented either homophasically or antiphasically. For both stimuli, the Weber fraction was measured as a function of changes in the level of the standard tone Iand in the phase angle of addition between a test tone and the standard tone. The value, ΔI, in the Weber fraction was defined as that difference between the level of the test-plus-standard and the level of the standard (I) which was required for the listener to discriminate a difference between the standard and the test-plus-standard. In the homophasic case, the Weber fraction remained constant for changes in the phase angle of addition, whereas in the antiphasic condition, the Weber fraction decreased for increasing values of the phase angle of addition. For both the homophasic and antiphasic conditions and at all values of the phase angle of addition, the Weber fraction remained a constant as the value of the standard was varied. These results are in agreement with those obtained in studies involving noise masking, lateralization, and the monaural Weber fraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1972
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)

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