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Auditory Perception

Handbook of Physiology, The Nervous System, Sensory Processes

  1. David M. Green1,
  2. Craig C. Wier2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp010313

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Green, D. M. and Wier, C. C. 2011. Auditory Perception. Comprehensive Physiology. 557–594.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Laboratory of Psychophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  2. 2

    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    General Anatomy
    • 1.1
      Outer Ear
    • 1.2
      Middle Ear
    • 1.3
      Inner Ear
    • 1.4
      Cochlear Innervation
    • 1.5
      Contrast With Eye
  • 2
    Background of Auditory Research
    • 2.1
      Before 1800
    • 2.2
      Nineteenth Century
    • 2.3
      Electronic Era
    • 2.4
      World War II to Present
    • 2.5
      Conclusions
  • 3
    Discrimination
    • 3.1
      Discrimination of Signal From Internal Noise—Absolute Threshold
    • 3.2
      Detection of Sinusoids in Noise
    • 3.3
      Intensity Discrimination of a Noise Increment
    • 3.4
      Intensity Discrimination of an Increment in a Sinusoid
    • 3.5
      Detection of One Sinusoid in the Presence of Another
    • 3.6
      Psychophysical Tuning Curves
    • 3.7
      Frequency Discrimination
  • 4
    Space Perception
    • 4.1
      Localization in an Anechoic Environment
    • 4.2
      Rayleigh—The Duplex Theory
    • 4.3
      Modern Work on the Duplex Theory
    • 4.4
      Envelope Cues
    • 4.5
      Localization in Natural Environments
    • 4.6
      Transient Signals
    • 4.7
      Binaural Masking Level Differences
  • 5
    Temporal Properties
    • 5.1
      Temporal Integration
    • 5.2
      Temporal Masking
    • 5.3
      Temporal Acuity and Temporal Order
    • 5.4
      Frequency Channels and Auditory Stream Segregation
  • 6
    Pitch Perception
    • 6.1
      Wave Form Analysis
    • 6.2
      History
    • 6.3
      Psychoacoustic Characteristics of Hearing-Impaired Ears
  • 7
    Animal Psychophysical Data
    • 7.1
      Absolute Thresholds
    • 7.2
      Critical Bands and Critical Ratios
    • 7.3
      Frequency Discrimination
    • 7.4
      Intensity Discrimination
    • 7.5
      Temporal Integration
    • 7.6
      Conclusions