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The Sense of Hearingis a truly accessible introduction to auditory perception that is intended for students approaching the subject for the first time, and as a foundation for more advanced study. In clear and authoritative prose, the fundamental aspects of hearing are addressed. The reader is introduced to the nature of sound and the spectrum, and the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system. Basic auditory processes including frequency selectivity, loudness and pitch perception, temporal resolution, and sound localization are explained. The reader is led to an understanding of the remarkable abilities of the auditory system in a systematic and coherent way. In the final chapters, it is shown how complex processes, such as perceptual organization and speech perception, are dependent on the initial analysis that occurs when sounds enter the ear. The text benefits from 139 original illustrations, including uncluttered diagrams that illuminate auditory mechanisms. An extensive glossary provides definitions of technical terms. The emphasis is on explanation and clarity of style throughout, and the book will be an essential resource for students and educators involved in this sometimes challenging field.
Table of Contents
Why Study Hearing?
How Is Hearing Investigated?
About This Book
The Nature of Sound
What Is Sound?
A Tone for Your Sins
Complex Tones and Noise
Production, Propagation, and Processing
Sound Sources and Resonance
A Journey Through the Auditory System
From Air to Ear
The Auditory Nerve
From Ear to Brain
The Importance of Frequency Selectivity
Frequency Selectivity on the Basilar Membrane
Neural Frequency Selectivity
Loudness and Intensity Coding
The Dynamic Range of Hearing
How Is Intensity Represented in the Auditory System?