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Trading of intensity and interaural coherence in dichotic pitch stimuli

Culling, John Francis ORCID: and Lewis, Hannah Gwyn 2010. Trading of intensity and interaural coherence in dichotic pitch stimuli. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 128 (4) , pp. 1908-1914. 10.1121/1.3478853

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When a signal is added to noise in the NoSπ binaural configuration, a reduction in interaural coherence, ρ, occurs at the signal frequency and increases in tone intensity decrease ρ. Corresponding manipulations of ρ result in the perception of a phantom signal which increases in loudness as ρ decreases [ Culling et al. (2001). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 110, 1020–1029 ]. In the present study, a narrow sub-band of noise (462–539 Hz) embedded within a broadband (0–3 kHz) diotic noise was manipulated in both intensity and ρ in a 3-interval, odd-one-out task. In the reference intervals, ρ was zero and the spectrum was flat. In the target interval, both ρ and the intensity of the target band were incremented giving opposing effects on loudness. Correct identification of the target interval followed a V-shape as a function of the size of intensity increment. The minimum of this function was often at chance performance, indicating that monaurally and binaurally evoked loudness were fully traded. These results show that reduction in ρ at a given frequency produces increased loudness at that frequency equivalent to up to 6 dB and consistent with an equalization-cancellation mechanism whose binaural output is strongly weighted compared to monaural excitation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
ISSN: 0001-4966
Last Modified: 27 May 2023 20:01

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