Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense of Sound

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MIT Press, 2011 - Medical - 356 pages
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Every time we listen--to speech, to music, to footsteps approaching orretreating--our auditory perception is the result of a long chain of diverse and intricate processesthat unfold within the source of the sound itself, in the air, in our ears, and, most of all, in ourbrains. Hearing is an "everyday miracle" that, despite its staggering complexity, seemseffortless. This book offers an integrated account of hearing in terms of the neural processes thattake place in different parts of the auditory system. Because hearing results from the interplay ofso many physical, biological, and psychological processes, the book pulls together the differentaspects of hearing--including acoustics, the mathematics of signal processing, the physiology of theear and central auditory pathways, psychoacoustics, speech, and music--into a coherent whole.

 

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Contents

1 Why Things Sound the Way They Do
1
2 The Ear
51
3 Periodicity and Pitch Perception
93
4 Hearing Speech
139
5 Neural Basis of Sound Localization
177
6 Auditory Scene Analysis
223
7 Development Learning and Plasticity
269
8 Auditory Prostheses
295
Notes
321
References
323
Index
347
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Jan Schnupp is University Lecturer and Codirector of the Auditory Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics at Oxford University and a Fellow of St. Peter's College. Israel Nelken is Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology in the Department of Neurobiology in the Andrew Silberman Institute of Life Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Andrew King is Professor of Neurophysiology, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, and Codirector of the Auditory Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College.

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