SECOND YEAR COURSE AUTUMN : SENSATION & PERCEPTION
Hearing

Lectures and Tutorials: Hearing Reading List; and Hearing Lectures

Frequency/Filtering Practical: Excel workbook and Instruction sheet and Answers
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Index to Lecture Notes.

Notes are from the old Perception course. The topics are similar ( Scene Analysis is not covered in the new course); the order and arrangement are a bit different.

  • EAR AND AUDITORY NERVE

    1. THE EAR
      1. Pinna and meatus
      2. Middle ear: tympanic membrane, malleus, incus and stapes
      3. Inner ear: cochlea
        1. Non-linearity
        2. Sensori-neural hearing loss (SNHL)
        3. Forms of deafness
        4. Role of outer hair cells
    2. AUDITORY NERVE
      1. Response to single pure tones
      2. Frequency threshold curves (FTCs)
      3. Characteristic frequency (CF)
      4. Phase locking
      5. Coding frequency
      6. Coding intensity
      7. Two-tone suppression
      8. Cochlear implants
    3. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

  • INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOACOUSTICS

    1. BASIC TERMS
      1. Absolute threshold
    2. FREQUENCY RESOLUTION AND MASKING
      1. Psychophysical Tuning Curves
      2. Excitation pattern
    3. NON-LINEARITIES
      1. Combination tones
      2. Two-tone suppression
    4. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • PITCH PERCEPTION

    1. PURE TONES
    2. COMPLEX TONES
      1. Missing fundamental
      2. Helmholtz's place theory
      3. Schouten's timing theory
      4. Pattern recognition theories
    3. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • AUDITORY LOCALISATION

    1. PURE TONES
      1. Rayleigh's duplex theory
        1. Low frequency tones (<1500 Hz) localised by phase differences:
        2. High (and low) frequency tones localised by intensity differences
      2. Time/intensity trade
      3. Cone of confusion
    2. COMPLEX TONES
      1. Timing cues
      2. Pinna effects
      3. Head movements
    3. DISTANCE
    4. VISION
    5. PRECEDENCE (OR HAAS) EFFECT
    6. BINAURAL EFFECTS
      1. Binaural beats
      2. Binaural masking level difference (BMLD)
      3. Cramer-Huggins pitch
    7. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • AUDITORY OBJECT RECOGNITION & MUSIC

    1. TIMBRE
      1. Vowel sounds
      2. Musical instruments
    2. AUDITORY SCENE ANALYSIS
      1. Auditory streaming
      2. Grouping Principles
        1. Proximity
        2. Common fate
        3. Good continuation
      3. Continuity Effect
    3. MUSIC PERCEPTION
      1. Tuning
      2. Absolute pitch
      3. Melody