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Introductory Psychology

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Question 3 of 10

Frequency theory and place theory attempt to explain how the inner ear registers the pitch of sound. Which statement best reflects current opinion about frequency theory and place theory?

  • A.

    Evidence strongly supports frequency theory.

  • B.

    Evidence strongly supports place theory.

  • C.

    Place theory explains the perception of complex sounds well, whereas frequency theory explains the perception of simple sounds well.

  • D.

    Place theory explains the perception of high-frequency sounds well, and frequency theory explains the perception of low-frequency sounds well.

  • E.

    There is little evidence to support either theory.

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