Sound & hearing: a conceptual introduction
The major aim of this book is to introduce the ways in which scientists approach and think about a phenomenon -- hearing -- that intersects three quite different disciplines: the physics of sound sources and the propagation of sound through air and other materials, the anatomy and physiology of the transformation of the physical sound into neural activity in the brain, and the psychology of the perception we call hearing. Physics, biology, and psychology each play a role in understanding how and what we hear. The text evolved over the past decade in an attempt to convey something about scientific thinking, as evidenced in the domain of sounds and their perception, to students whose primary focus is not science. It does so using a minimum of mathematics (high school functions such as linear, logarithmic, sine, and power) without compromising scientific integrity. A significant enrichment is the availability of a compact disc (CD) containing over 20 examples of acoustic demonstrations referred to in the book. These demonstrations, which range from echo effects and filtered noise to categorical speech perception and total more than 45 minutes, are invaluable resources for making the text come alive.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICS OF PURE TONES
GENERATION OF WAVES
WAVE PROPAGATION IN TIME AND SPACE
18 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
Acoustical Society amplitude angle auditory illusion auditory nerve bandwidth basilar membrane beats behavior binaural binaural beats Bregman called cochlea comodulation complex tone Copyright corresponding critical band dB SPL demonstration detection distortion duration dynes/cm2 effect equal loudness Equation example exponent fibers filter firing rate formant hair cells harmonics heard hearing loss high frequency histogram Hz tone input magnitude estimation masker masking measured medium missing fundamental modulation monaural neurons observer occur pattern perception period peripheral phase physical pitch plot presented propagation psychology psychophysical pulse pure tone ratio refraction Reprinted by permission resonance Section shown in Fig shown in panel signal intensity sine wave Society of America sound source sound wave spectrum speech speed of sound spike square wave Stevens stimulus Suppose temporal test tone transducer tuning curves tympanic membrane typical variable varies waveform wavelength Weber function Weber's law white noise