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Re: Gold & Pumphrey (Experiment I)

>>  This proviso rules out most frequencies in a normal cochlea since there is
>>  almost always some threshold microstructure and often pronounced
>>  microstructure of up to 15 dB changes within 1/2 critical band.

This is an interesting twist, new to me.  I'd like to know more details.

Presumably it would be OK if the tests were done with the most
sensitive frequency in the locality - if that can be easily
established for a particular listener - since then we can be confident
that the sidelobes are below threshold.

But, depending on the fineness of the microstructure, doesn't
microstructure in itself imply high-Q?  If frequencies close to one
another are being processed differently (i.e. with different sensors
exhibiting different thresholds), then the individual sensor
structures (mechanical and neural) must be finely enough tuned to
separate these close frequencies, implying high-Q.  Half a critical
band wouldn't give you a Q of 300, but the details might be telling.

-- DAn Ellis <dpwe@ee.columbia.edu> http://www.ee.columbia.edu/~dpwe/
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