Tone perception

How is tone perception related to schizophrenia?

Low-level sensory functioning may be impaired in people with schizophrenia and may contribute to higher-order cognitive and social impairments. Tone perception involves pitch discrimination, which can be assessed using the tone-matching task. During this task, participants are presented pairs of non-verbal tones that are either identical or differ in frequency by several specified amounts. Participants respond by nominating ‘same’ or ‘different’ and accuracy is scored.

What is the evidence for tone perception?

Moderate to high quality evidence finds a large effect of poorer tone matching ability in people with schizophrenia.

August 2019

Last updated at: 4:00 am, 26th August 2019
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