Re: groups vs streams (Michael Norris )

Subject: Re: groups vs streams
From:    Michael Norris  <michaeln(at)CSEE.UQ.EDU.AU>
Date:    Thu, 24 May 2001 09:29:16 +1000

On Tue, 22 May 2001, David Spondike wrote: > clapper. More fundamentally, one needs to consider the directed attention of > the listener. One can focus on any number of individual clappers if he or she > is close enough to the source of applause. The question then becomes: how > distant must the listener be before any individual clapper becomes > indistinguishable from the applause, despite the effort of any directed > attention on the part of the listener? Has anyone looked into what qualities of the organization of unattended streams differ from the attended stream? I believe that the background streams are organized to some extent because (from my own informal experiments) you can switch attention from a foreground stream A to one of a pair of background streams B and C in less time than it takes for two streams to form from B and C without A (though I haven't found a published ref for this). The question then is in what ways are the background streams less organized than the foreground? -m. ----------------------- /\/\/\/- -------------------------------------

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