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Binaural Localization and Masking

KOCK, WE (1950) Binaural Localization and Masking. In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 22 (6). pp. 801-804.

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Binaural experiments are described which indicate that the ability of the brain to localize a desired sound and to suppress undesired sounds coming from other directions can be traced in part to the different times of arrival of a sound at the two ears. It is suggested that the brain inserts a time delay in one of the two nerve paths associated with the ears so as to be able to compare, and thus concentrate on, those sounds arriving at the ears with this particular time of arrival distance.The ability to perceive weak sounds binaurally in the presence of noise is shown to be a simple function of the direction of the desired sound and noise. An explanation is given for the effect reported by Koenig that front and rear confusion is avoided by head movements.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 09:43
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2018 14:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/27669

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