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telephone theory

 

Definition: a theory of pitch perception that states that the cochlea possesses no faculty of sound analysis, but that the frequency of the impulses transmitted over the auditory nerve fibers corresponds to the frequency of the sound vibrations, and is the sole basis for pitch discrimination; a theory no longer tenable.

See Also: traveling wave theory

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