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Re: environmental sounds and ERP

Hi Christian,

As far as methodology of selecting environmental sounds for perceptual
testing is concerned the most comprehensive published source I have found so
far was Marcell, M.M., Borella, D., Greene, M., Kerr, E., & Rogers, S.
(2000).  Confrontation naming of environmental sounds.  Journal of Clinical
and Experimental Neuropsychology, 22(6), 830-864.  The abstract can be
viewed at http://www.cofc.edu/~marcellm/confront.htm  The stimuli used can
be also downloaded from the web.  However, there is a catch...  Some of the
stimuli have distortions such as clipping and may not be good candidates for
acoustic analysis, although they may seem fine perceptually.  This article
also has a number of useful references from several different areas where
environmental sounds are tested.

Another source for a comprehensive bibliography on the subject can be found
in Brian Gygi's  recent dissertation that could be found at

There are also some environmental sound tests developed specifically for
testing hearing impaired and cochlear implant patients, for example Minimal
Auditory Capabilities test (MAC), although I am not sure how well it would
suit your purposes, how much normative data have been collected about it,
and whether the quality of the stimuli developed years ago would suit your

Valeriy Shafiro

-----Original Message-----
From: christian camen [mailto:christian.camen@PSE.UNIGE.CH]
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 6:28 AM
Subject: environmental sounds and ERP

Dear list,

     I'd like to do an ERP experiment in which subjects must identify
environmental sounds (1s of duration). I don't find a lot of methodological
informations about this kind of experiments. Could you give me some
informations, references...?

christian camen, 7059134
Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive
UniversitŹ de GenĖve
40 Bd du Pont-d'Arve
1205 GenĖve