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Stevens Experiment

The left-most key (key # 1) corresponds to the lowest tone, which is fixed.  The right-most key (key # 5)  corresponds to the highest tone, which is also fixed.  Your objective is to make adjustments to the frequencies of the intermediate keys (keys #2-4) such that the pitch-distance between each key is judged to be the same.  You may click on any key, at any time, to hear the tone associated with it.  However, if you wish to adjust the frequency associated with a particular key, you must move the position of the arrows keys by pressing the "Next" or "Previous" buttons.  When finished, hit the "Done" button to view the data.

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