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Re: Rationale for Critical Bands

Dear All

At 15:00 15/06/2010, Wiebe Horst wrote:
Dear all,

I am getting more and more confused by this discussion.
It would help if every contributor started by giving his/her
definition of Critical Band.
I am used to using Scharf's (1970) definition:
"The critical band is a band of that width at which subjective
responses  change rather abruptly."

The problem with this definition is that there are few if any auditory responses which "change rather abruptly" at a certain bandwidth. The perceptual changes are nearly always smooth and progressive, consistent with auditory filters with rounded tops.

And speech perception does deteriorate at high levels, probably due to broadening of the auditory filters. See, for example:

Studebaker, G. A., Sherbecoe, R. L., McDaniel, D. M., Gwaltney, C. A., 1999. Monosyllabic word recognition at higher-than-normal speech and noise levels. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 105, 2431-2444.

Best wishes,

Brian Moore

Brian C. J. Moore, Ph.D, FMedSci, FRS,
Professor of Auditory Perception,
Department of Experimental Psychology,
University of Cambridge,
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