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Re: human versus spectral resolution

Hi Michael,
You may find my PhD thesis helpful - it showed that under some combinations of bandwidth-duration product, human observers could do as well as an ideal observer. It's available online in pdf and postscript formats at
Kind regards,

From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Michael Fulton
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 11:04
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Subject: human versus spectral resolution

Could anyone please direct me to any literature on what are the comparative limits of :
1) Time/frequency resolution for digital signal spectral analysis , as (sort of) governed by Heisenberg's uncertainty principle with relation to the duration, sampling rate, frequency content and bandwidth of the sound.
2) The limits of the ability of the human ear to distinquish between frequency/pitch and the exact time location of sounds, more or less the same task as above.
Essentially,can a human ear outperform digital ( or even theoretical analysis ) of sounds.
Especially, in areas such as pitch discrimination and temporal localisiation of events and not signal separation or some higher level analysis of the sound.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance. 

M Fulron

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