Auditory Spectral Processing

Auditory Spectral Processing

1st Edition - November 23, 2005

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  • Authors: Manuel Malmierca, Dexter Irvine
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123668714

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All natural auditory signals, including human speech and animal communication signals, are spectrally and temporally complex, that is, they contain multiple frequencies and their frequency composition, or spectrum, varies over time. The ability of hearers to identify and localize these signals depends on analysis of their spectral composition. For the overwhelming majority of human listeners spoken language is the major means of social communication, and this communication therefore depends on spectral analysis. Spectral analysis begins in the cochlea, but is then elaborated at various stages along the auditory pathways in the brain that lead from the cochlea to the cerebral cortex. The broad purpose of Auditory Spectral Processing is to provide a comprehensive account of the way in which spectral information is processed in the brain and the way in which this information is used by listeners to identify and localize sounds.

Key Features

  • Examines spectral processing mechanisms at different levels along the auditory neuraxis, from the cochlear nucleus to the cortex
  • Reviews in detail psychophysical and neurophysiological evidence on the way in which spectral information is processed within and across frequency channels
  • Presents information on the nature of the spectral information required for speech and music perception
  • Examines a series of issues that relate to the role of spectral analysis in higher order/cognitive aspects of hearing and in clinical and applied contexts


Psychophysicists, neurophysiologists, audiologists, otolaryngologists and neuroscientists.

Table of Contents

  • Auditory spectral processing: An overview
    Spectral processing by the peripheral auditory system: Facts and models
    Basic psychophysics of human spectral processing
    Across-channel spectral processing
    Speech and music have different requirements for spectral resolution
    Nonlinearities and the representation of auditory spectra
    Spectral processing in the inferior colliculus
    Neural mechanisms for spectral analysis in the auditory midbrain, thalamus, and cortex
    Spectral processing in the auditory cortex
    Dynamic spectral processing
    Representations of spectral coding in the human brain
    Spectral processing and sound source determination
    Spectral information in sound localization
    Plasticity of spectral processing
    Spectral processing in cochlear implants

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: November 23, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123668714

About the Authors

Manuel Malmierca

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratory for the Neurobiology of Hearing, The Institute of Neuroscience of 'Castilla y Leon' (INCyL), Faculty of Medicine, University of Salamanca, Spain

Dexter Irvine

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, School of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia

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