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Perceived Weight Is Affected by Auditory Pitch Not Loudness.

A new interesting article has been published in Perception. 2018 Oct 23:301006618808937. doi: 10.1177/0301006618808937. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

Perceived Weight Is Affected by Auditory Pitch Not Loudness.

Authors of this article are:

Takashima M.

A summary of the article is shown below:

This study examined whether auditory pitch and loudness affect the perception of object’s weight. Two series experiments showed that the object with High-Pitch sound was perceived as being lighter than the object with Low-Pitch sound and that the perceived weight was not affected by loudness. Because auditory pitch has a relationship to the weight of an object while loudness has a relationship to the distance of a placed object, the perceived weight was affected by auditory pitch not loudness. Given these results, perhaps sound effects may make it easier to carry heavy luggage?

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auditory pitch;loudness;size–weight illusion;weight perception

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