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J Acoust Soc Am. 2010 Nov;128(5):2988-97. doi: 10.1121/1.3493463.

Within-channel cues to comodulation masking release for single and symmetrically placed pairs of flanking bands.

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Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EB, England.


Comodulation masking release (CMR) as measured in a flanking-band (FB) paradigm is often larger when the FBs are close to the signal frequency, f(s), than when they are remote from f(s), an effect which may be partly due to the use of within-channel cues. Schooneveldt and Moore [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 85, 262-272 (1989)] reported that, for f(s) = 1000 Hz, this effect was larger when a single FB was used than when there were two FBs symmetrically placed about f(s), and proposed that there are within-channel cues that are available for a single FB, but not for a symmetrically placed pair of FBs. The present study replicated and extended their study. Although CMR was larger for two symmetrically placed FBs than for a single FB, the effect of FB proximity to f(s) did not differ for the two cases. The results do not support the idea that there are additional within-channel cues that are available for a single FB. Changes in the regularity of temporal fine structure and changes in the prevalence of low-amplitude envelope portions are both plausible within-channel cues.

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