Variability in forward masking ("Jesteadt, Walt" )

Subject: Variability in forward masking
From:    "Jesteadt, Walt"  <jesteadt(at)BOYSTOWN.ORG>
Date:    Thu, 23 Mar 2000 15:02:03 -0600

> I am looking for some help with the psychoacoustics literature. It > has been my impression that people have found a lot of variability in > forward masking data, but I cannot find any actual discussion of that, > with the exception of a comment by Bertrand Delgutte in a chapter on > physiology related to psychoacoustics. Bertrand qualified that statement > in an earlier email to me, noting that he was primarily referring to > pulsation threshold data rather than forward masking data. Brian Moore > has noted in an earlier email that there are comments concerning > variability in papers dealing with narrowband noise forward maskers and > confusion effects. I am looking for more general cases, if any exist. > > I have several sets of data for which I can compare reliability and > individual differences in forward and simultaneous masking for the same > subjects and, if anything, forward masking shows greater reliability and > smaller individual differences. I found that surprising, but if Bertrand > and I are the only people who are surprised, it is not particularly > newsworthy. If you know of any discussions about noise and variability in > forward masking data, please send me a reference. Thanks. > > Walt Jesteadt >

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