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Re: informational masking

Though it may mainly be in the context of tonal sequences, is not Durlach et
al.'s discussion in section III.A from their recent JASA letter ("Note on
informational masking", JASA, June 2003, pp. 2984-2987 ) related to the
issue you bring up?

-Bill Woods

Ken Grant wrote:

> Has anyone ever tried to reconcile the two apparently different
> definitions of informational masking? One appears to relate to the
> influence of stimulus uncertainty on detection and recognition, and the
> other to more semantic and linguistic operations that confuse subjects
> when responding to a speech target when the masker itself is
> intelligible speech. It seems that the fields of psychoacoustics and
> speech perception are currently engaged in efforts to to use one term to
> mean two different things. Or are these definitions really different?
> --
> Ken W. Grant
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> Army Audiology and Speech Center
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