An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing

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BRILL, 2012 - Psychology - 441 pages
Now available in a sixth edition, An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing is the leading textbook in the field of auditory perception, also known as psychoacoustics.The textbooks longevity and loyal readership can be attributed to the accessible manner in which it describes the relationships between the characteristics of the sounds that enter the ear and the sensations that they produce. Wherever possible, the author has specified these relationships in terms of the underlying mechanisms. The intention is to impart an understanding of what the auditory system does and how it works: research results are not just described, but are interpreted and evaluated; knowledge is not assumed, but deduced from basic principles. Topics covered include the physics of sound, the physiology of the auditory system, frequency selectivity and masking, loudness perception, temporal analysis, pitch perception, sound localization, timbre perception, the perceptual organization of complex auditory scenes, speech perception, and practical applications such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and high-fidelity sound reproduction. The book also includes extensive references to recent research so that those interested in a specific area can readily obtain more detailed information.
 

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Contents

The Nature of Sound and the Structure and Function of the Auditory System
1
Absolute Thresholds
57
Frequency Selectivity Masking and the Critical Band
67
The Perception of Loudness
133
Temporal Processing in the Auditory System
169
Pitch Perception
203
Space Perception
245
Auditory Pattern and Object Perception
283
Speech Perception
315
Practical Applications
351
REFERENCES
373
Glossary
423
Index
431
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