Diana Deutsch (born February 15, 1938 in London, England) is a British-American perceptual and cognitive psychologist, born in London, England. She is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and is one of the most prominent researchers on the psychology of music. She is probably most famous for the musical and auditory illusions that she has discovered, which include the octave illusion, the scale illusion, the glissando illusion, the tritone paradox, the phantom words illusion, the speech-to-song illusion and the cambiata illusion, among others. She also studies the cognitive foundation of musical grammars, the ways in which we hold musical pitches in memory, and the ways in which we relate the sounds of music and speech to each other. In addition, she is highly acclaimed for her work on absolute pitch, or perfect pitch, which she has shown is far more prevalent among speakers of tone language.
Deutsch obtained a First Class Honors B.A. in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from the University of Oxford in 1959, and a Ph. D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1970. She is Editor of the book The Psychology of Music, Academic Press, 1982, 2nd Edition 1999, 3rd Edition 2013, and author of the compact discs Musical Illusions and Paradoxes (1995) and Phantom Words and Other Curiosities (2003).
Deutsch 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 has served as Governor of the Audio Engineering Society, as Chair of the Section on Psychology of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as President of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association, and as Chair of the Society of Experimental Psychologists. In 2004 she was awarded the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts by the American Psychological Association. In 2008 she was awarded the Gustav Theodor Fechner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Empirical Aesthetics by the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics.
- Deutsch, D. (2013). The Psychology of Music, 3rd Edition. ISBN 9780123814609. Weblink
- Deutsch, D., Henthorn, T., and Lapidis, R. (2011). "Illusory transformation from speech to song". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 129: 2245–2252. doi:10.1121/1.3562174. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (2010). "The paradox of pitch circularity". Acoustics Today July: 8 – 15. doi:10.1121/1.3488670. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (2010). "Speaking in tones". Scientific American Mind. July/August: 36–43. Weblink PDF Document
- Deutsch, D., Dooley, K., and Henthorn, T. (2008). "Pitch circularity from tones comprising full harmonic series". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 124 (1): 589–597. Bibcode:2008ASAJ..124..589D. doi:10.1121/1.2931957. PMID 18647001. Weblink PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (2006). "The Enigma of Absolute Pitch". Acoustics Today 2 (4): 11–18. doi:10.1121/1.2961141. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D., Henthorn, T., Marvin, E., & Xu H-S (2006). "Absolute pitch among American and Chinese conservatory students: Prevalence differences, and evidence for a speech-related critical period". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 119 (2): 719–722. Bibcode:2006ASAJ..119..719D. doi:10.1121/1.2151799. PMID 16521731. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D., Henthorn T. and Dolson, M. (2004). "Absolute pitch, speech, and tone language: Some experiments and a proposed framework". Music Perception 21 (3): 339–356. doi:10.1525/mp.2004.21.3.339. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (2002). "The Puzzle of Absolute Pitch". Current Directions in Psychological Science 11 (6): 200–204. doi:10.1111/1467-8721.00200. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1999). The Psychology of Music, 2nd Edition. The Psychology of Music, 2nd Edition.ASIN 0122135652
- Deutsch, D. (1992). "Paradoxes of musical pitch". Scientific American 267 (2): 88–95. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0892-88. PMID 1641627. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1992). "Some new pitch paradoxes and their implications. In Auditory Processing of Complex Sounds". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 336 (1278): 391–397. doi:10.1098/rstb.1992.0073. PMID 1354379. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1986). "A musical paradox". Music Perception 3: 275–280. doi:10.2307/40285337. Weblink PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1982). The Psychology of Music, 1st Edition. ISBN 9780122135606.
- Deutsch, D. & Feroe, J. (1981). "The Internal Representation of Pitch Sequences in Tonal Music". Psychological Review 88 (6): 503–522. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.88.6.503. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1975). "Two-channel listening to musical scales". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 57 (5): 1156–1160. Bibcode:1975ASAJ...57.1156D. doi:10.1121/1.380573. PMID 1127169. Weblink PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1975). "The organization of short term memory for a single acoustic attribute. In D. Deutsch and J. A. Deutsch (Eds.)". Short Term Memory: 107–151. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1975). "Musical Illusions". Scientific American 233 (4): 92–104. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1075-92.
- Deutsch, D. (1974). "An auditory illusion". Nature 251 (5473): 307–309. Bibcode:1974Natur.251..307D. doi:10.1038/251307a0. PMID 4427654. Weblink PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1974). "An auditory illusion". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 55: s18–s19. Bibcode:1974ASAJ...55R..18D. doi:10.1121/1.1919587. Weblink
- Deutsch, D. (1972). "Mapping of Interactions in the Pitch Memory Store". Science 175 (4025): 1020–1022. Bibcode:1972Sci...175.1020D. doi:10.1126/science.175.4025.1020. PMID 5009395. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1970). "Tones and numbers: Specificity of interference in immediate memory". Science 168 (3939): 1604–1605. Bibcode:1970Sci...168.1604D. doi:10.1126/science.168.3939.1604. PMID 5420547. PDF Document
- Deutsch, D. (1969). "Music Recognition". Psychological Review 76 (3): 300–309. doi:10.1037/h0027237. PDF Document
- Deutsch, J. A., & Deutsch, D. (1963). "Attention: some Theoretical Considerations". Psychological Review 70: 80–90. doi:10.1037/h0039515. PMID 14027390. PDF Document
- Diana Deutsch’s web page at the University of California, San Diego
- CDs containing Diana Deutsch's musical illusions