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Re: classical (and fun) experiments in psychoacoustics?

Why not Licklider's classic 1948 demonstration of binaural unmasking - the so-called masking-level difference, seen in the N-zero-S-pi conditions, and so on (see for example p. 341 of the Gulick et al. textbook "Hearing")? There have been well over 1,000 published papers on binaural interaction, so this one's mandatory. - Lance Nizami PhD, Decatur, GA 30030
In a message dated 5/4/2009 11:54:02 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, marcs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

I am starting a hands-on auditory experimentation course at the 
University of Montreal this fall, and I'd like for the students to 
experience some of the 'classical' experiments in psychoacoustics. My 
candidates so far are (versions of) loudness scaling, temporal 
integration of loudness, the lower limit of pitch, Patterson's notched 
noise method to measure critical bands, possibly some experiments on 
auditory aftereffects, categorical perception of vowels, masking (and 
how it relates to mp3 encoding), virtual pitch perception (missing 
fundamental), and one or two of Al Bregman's auditory streaming 

Does anyone have a suggestion for other interesting/fun/instructive 
experiments? I am particular interested in strong perceptual effects 
that we would be able to measure in one session. The plan is to pose 
the problem, let the students come up with ideas for experiments, go 
through the experimental design process, and collect some data that 
can be compared to the original study.


Marc Schoenwiesner, PhD
International Laboratory for Brain
Music and Sound Research (BRAMS)
Pavillon 1420 Mont-Royal
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tel: 514-343-6111 x3181
lab website: www.brams.org

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