Foundations of Modern Auditory Theory

Foundations of Modern Auditory Theory

1st Edition - July 31, 1970

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  • Editor: Jerry Tobias
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323148580

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Foundations of Modern Auditory Theory, Volume I is an 11-chapter text that covers the basic auditory processes. This volume deals first with the electrophysiological and conditioning data that reflect periodicity perception, the analysis of high-frequency tones, and the mechanisms and effects of auditory masking. These topics are followed by discussions on the poststimulatory auditory fatigue and adaptation; the theoretical bases necessary for an understanding of the critical band’s ubiquity; and the mechanical events in transformation process occurring in cochlea. This volume describes the anatomical structure and electrophysiological action of the cochlea and further explores ear models to study the mechanical properties of the auditory system and the basic neural transmission processes and their properties. The concluding chapters look into the distinct patterns of disorder in psychoacoustic function and the perception of musical stimuli. This book is an ideal source for teachers and students who wish to understand the mechanisms of the auditory system.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Chapter One Periodicity Pitch


    I. Historical Antecedents

    II. Psychoacoustic Data

    III. Electrophysiological Data

    IV. Cochlear Models

    V. Nonplace Hypotheses


    Chapter Two Time and Frequency Analysis


    I. Introduction

    II. Hypothesis on Complex-Sound Analysis

    III. Analysis of Temporal Patterns

    IV. Relation between Frequency and Pitch

    V. Perception of Complex Sounds


    Chapter Three Masking


    I. Introduction

    II. Varieties of Masking

    III. Masking and the Theory of Signal Detectability


    Chapter Four Fatigue and Adaptation


    I. Introduction

    II. Poststimulatory Auditory Fatigue

    III. Adaptation


    Chapter Five Critical Bands


    I. Introduction

    II. The Critical Band as an Empirical Phenomenon

    III. Critical Ratios

    IV. The Critical Band as an Internal Filter

    V. Critical Bands at Short Durations

    VI. Correlates of the Critical Band

    VII. Applications of the Critical Band

    VIII. The Critical-Band Mechanism

    IX. Summary


    Chapter Six Cochlear Mechanics and Hydro-Dynamics


    I. Introduction

    II. Models

    III. Responses of Mechanical Cochlear Models

    IV. Concluding Remarks

    V. Summary


    Chapter Seven Cochlear Processes


    I. Introduction

    II. Anatomical Organization

    III. Electrophysiological Principles

    IV. Cochlear Microphonic and Movement of the Cochlear Partition

    V. Action Potential

    VI. Overview


    Chapter Eight Enlarged Mechanical Model of the Cochlea With Nerve Supply


    I. Models in Physics and Biology

    II. Construction of the Model of the Cochlea with Nerve Supply

    III. Perception of Skin Vibrations

    IV. Some Analogies between Hearing and the Skin Model

    V. Problems in the Construction of a Model of the Organ of Corti

    VI. Some Limitations of the Model with Nerve Supply


    Chapter Nine Monaural Processing


    I. Introduction

    II. Spontaneous Activity

    III. Temporal Patterns

    IV. Frequency

    V. Intensity

    VI. Diffuse or Changing Elements in Processing


    Chapter Ten Functional Manifestations of Lesions of the Sensorineural Structures


    I. Introduction

    II. Lesions of the Sense Organ

    III. Lesions of the Acoustic Nerve

    IV. Lesions of the Auditory Cortex

    V. Comments


    Chapter Eleven Musical Perception


    I. Introduction

    II. The Attributes of Tone

    III. Tuning and Temperament

    IV. Vibrato

    V. Intensity and Pitch

    VI. Timbre and Pitch

    VII. Duration and Pitch

    VIII. Absolute Pitch

    IX. Pitch Satiation and Auditory Fatigue

    X. Pitch and Masking

    XI. Binaural Diplacusis (Musical Paracusis)

    XII. Binaural Fusion and Interaction

    XIII. Consonance vs. Dissonance

    XIV. Aural Harmonics and Combination Tones

    XV. Conclusion


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 484
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1970
  • Published: July 31, 1970
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323148580

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