Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense of Sound
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.