Diana Deutsch is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, She is internationally known for the musical illusions and paradoxes that she discovered; these include the octave illusion, the scale illusion, the glissando illusion, the tritone paradox, the cambiata illusion, the phantom words illusion and the speech-to-song illusion, among others. She also explores memory for music, and how we relate the sounds of music and speech to each other. In addition she studies absolute pitch - why some people possess it, and why it is so rare.
Deutsch has over 200 publications, including The Psychology of Music, (1st edition, 1982; 2nd edition (1999), 3rd edition (2013) and the compact discs Musical Illusions and Paradoxes (1995) and Phantom Words and Other Curiosities (2003). She has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, the Audio Engineering Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association. She received the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts from the American Psychological Association, the Gustav Theodor Fechner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Empirical Aesthetics from the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of America. Gold Medal Award by the Audio Engineering Society for “lifelong contributions to the understanding of the human hearing mechanism and the science of psychoacoustics.” 141th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, Los Angeles, September 29, 2016.
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