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Re: Core readings in auditory perception

One problem is that there is no modern book on auditory perception that is not heavily biased towards the work of the author(s) and coauthors.  I was obliged to use B.C.J. Moore's book when I was a teaching assistant and found it far too selective for my taste. There seems little choice but to use individual papers. In my field, loudness and detection of stimulus intensity change, the influential but not necessarily good papers would include (but hardly be limited to) the following:
Durlach, N.L. and Braida, L.D. (1969) J Acoust Soc Am 46, 372-383.
McGill, W.J. and Goldberg, J.P. (1968) Percept Psychophys 4, 105-109.
Levitt, H. (1971) J Acoust Soc Am 49, 467-477.
Carlyon, R.P. and Moore, B.C.J. (1984) J Acoust Soc Am 76, 1369-1376.
Florentine, M. and Buus, S. (1981) J Acoust Soc Am 70, 1646-1654.
Garner, W. (1947) J Acoust Soc Am 19, 808-815.

Green, D.M. (1960). J Acoust Soc Am 32, 121-131.

Stevens, S.S. (1956) Am J Psych 69, 1-25.

All of these papers are fairly narrow in scope, and their authors stood on the shoulders of the earlier

contributors like Munson, V. Bekesy, Lane, Greenwood, Zwislocki, etc.  - Lance Nizami

In a message dated 4/11/2009 6:47:38 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jlondon@xxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

I've faced a similar problem in putting together a course in music perception for upper level undergrads.  My advice is to work topically--so, for example, if you want to talk about the place theory of pitch perception, then there are obvious papers/sources.  In my analogous cases, as I wanted to talk about categorical perception of pitch, we read Dixon and Ward; JNDs for duration, we read Hirsch, and so forth.  

Organizing one's syllabus this way leads not only to important/classic readings (the "usual suspects") but also allows you to pull in a recent paper or two which builds upon the classic work.


P.S. I probably don't need to point out that Brian Moore's book on *The Psychology of Hearing* is an excellent secondary source.

On Apr 11, 2009, at 9:22 AM, David Schwartz wrote:

Dear list members,

I'm looking for a collection of core/classic readings in auditory perception to use for an upper level undergrad course I'm teaching in the fall. I have in mind something analogous to the visual perception collection Steve Yantis edited (http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Perception-Key-Readings-Cognition/dp/0863775985/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239459553&sr=1-1). Does such a book exist? If not, what would you consider the ~10 most important readings in the history of auditory perception research (aside, of course, from your own publications).



Justin London
Professor of Music and Other Stuff
Carleton College
President, Society for Music Theory


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