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. In 2011 she was awarded the Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics by the Acoustical Society of America. The Audio Engineering Society awarded her the Gold Medal Award for "lifelong contributions to the understanding of the human hearing mechanism and the science of psychoacoustics" in 2016.
- Deutsch, D. (2013). The Psychology of Music, 3rd Edition. ISBN 9780123814609. Weblink
- Deutsch, D.; Henthorn, T. & Lapidis, R. (2011). "Illusory transformation from speech to song". Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 129: 2245–2252. Bibcode:2011ASAJ..129.2245D. 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. & 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. & 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
- "Behaves So Strangely" Interview with Jad Abrumrad, Radiolab, 2006
- "Believing Your Ears: Probing the Brain through Musical Illusion - A Conversation with Diana Deutsch", Ideas Roadshow, 2015
- YouTube Lecture: "Musical Illusions Perfect Pitch and Other Curiosities with Diana Deutsch-- To Be Musical", 2013