Re: auditory distortion caused by yawning (Yi-Wen Liu )

Subject: Re: auditory distortion caused by yawning
From:    Yi-Wen Liu  <jacobliu@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Fri, 17 Oct 2008 13:28:04 -0500

Dear List, I have a similar experience when I listen to music after swimming in an outdoor pool. In my case, musical scale would sound warped -- even a familiar C major chord sound dissonant momentarily. The effect would last for about 10 minutes. I suppose it is not filtering or attenuation effects due to water left in my ear canal. Does anybody have similar experiences or an explanation? Have a nice weekend, Yi-Wen On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 10:56 AM, Prof Roger K Moore <r.k.moore@xxxxxxxx> wrote: > Dear List, > > I have often noticed that if I yawn while listening to music, I experience a > noticeable distortion of the auditory experience - in particular, the sounds > appear to become discordant. Is this a well known effect, and can it be > easily explained as the result of a physical distortion of the cochlea? If > so, what does it say about timing-based theories of timbre perception? > > Best wishes > > Roger K. Moore > > P.S. I see that there was a short discussion on this in the LIST in 2004, > but no conclusion was reached. > > ________________________________________________________________ > > Prof ROGER K MOORE BA(Hons) MSc PhD FIOA MIET > > Chair of Spoken Language Processing > Speech and Hearing Research Group (SPandH) > Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, > Regent Court, 211 Portobello, > Sheffield, S1 4DP, UK > > e-mail: r.k.moore@xxxxxxxx > web: > tel: +44 (0) 11422 21807 > fax: +44 (0) 11422 21810 > mobile: +44 (0) 7910 073631 > ________________________________________________________________ > -- Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

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