Re: AUDITORY Digest - 28 Aug 2002 to 29 Aug 2002 (#2002-139) (Susanne Sterbing )

Subject: Re: AUDITORY Digest - 28 Aug 2002 to 29 Aug 2002 (#2002-139)
From:    Susanne Sterbing  <sterbing(at)NEURON.UCHC.EDU>
Date:    Fri, 30 Aug 2002 10:51:40 -0400

hamish, 1. There is no such thing like a "typical HRTF". 2. If head-size were the problem we could use Manikin- HRTFs for virtual auditory environments. But this is not the case, because the pinna shape is much more important. 3. Especially front localization is critical in a virtual auditory environment if non-individual HRTFs are used: you would end up with front/back confusions and an elevated percept for frontal positions. My recommendation would be either to use three loudspeakers (individually equalized)and do the experiment in an anechoic environment, or use individual HRTFs (it is not time-consuming to measure three positions). Dr. S. J. Sterbing Univ. of Connecticut Health Ctr. Dept. of Neuroscience 263 Farmington Ave Farmington CT 06030 Email <sterbing(at)> ___________________________________________________________ > I'm a PhD student at the Brain Sciences Institute in Melbourne, about to > embark on my first experiment looking at cross-modal attention affects on > event-related brain potentials. I'm planning on using simulated "spatial" > stimuli in one of my tasks. I have some flashing lights located on the > left, right and center in front of a subject. There are some beeps that I'd > like to play thrpough headphones AS IF they were coming from the location of > the flashing lights. > > They don't have to be exactly localised at the location of the lights, but I > would like them to be vaugely from the same area. What I'm looking for is a > way of "spatialising" my (already made up) sound stimuli. I'm aware that > the HRTF for each person is different, but am think that perhaps i could use > a small set of typical HRTF's that would cover "large-headed", > "small-headed" etc people. > > What I was wondering was > > 1) is this a good idea > 2) where should i start looking for ways of actually implementing this? > > I have a passing familiarity with MatLab etc > > > many thanks for any pointers in the right direction! > > -hamish- > > ------------------------------ > > End of AUDITORY Digest - 28 Aug 2002 to 29 Aug 2002 (#2002-139) > ***************************************************************

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