Profile Analysis

Profile Analysis : Auditory Intensity Discrimination

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This book reviews recent research on the ability of human listeners to discern changes in the shape of complex acoustic spectra-what is known as auditory profile analysis. It also discusses in a systematic way issues surrounding the discrimination of a change in acoustic intensity and the physiological mechanisms responsible for these discrimination processes. The author concludes with two new theories that provide a way of understanding more complex auditory skills, such as those involved in listening to music and speech. This book will be of interest to psychoacousticians, psychophysicists, physiological psychologists, and experimental more

Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 162.6 x 241.8 x 16.3mm | 339.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • figures, tables
  • 0195049489
  • 9780195049480

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"This version of "profile analysis" refers to the fundamental question of how we hear changes in the spectral shape of complex sounds. . . . this mongraph provides a very readable introduction. . . useful compilation. . . conveys an excitment that is appropriate to this new and important area of auditory research." --Contemporary Psychologyshow more

Table of contents

Early experiments in profile analysis; Intensity discrimination; Discrimination of a change in intensity level for sinusoidal signals; Some properties of profile analysis; Frequency and relative level effects in profile analysis; Training and dynamic effects; Two theories of profile more