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J Acoust Soc Am. 1994 Nov;96(5 Pt 1):2720-30.

Stimulus classification procedure for assessing the extent to which binaural processing is spectrally analytic or synthetic.

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Parmly Hearing Institute, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois 60626.


A two-dimensional stimulus classification paradigm was used to assess the extent to which listeners' processing of interaural delays at low frequencies is spectrally analytic or synthetic. Listeners were presented with a 753-Hz target with an interaural delay that varied from trial to trial, taking on one of ten values, five leading to the left ear and five leading to the right. A 553-Hz distractor component was simultaneously presented, with its interaural delay also presented at one of ten different values. During a block of 100 trials, each of the possible combinations of target and distractor delay was presented once, and only once, in a random order. Listeners were instructed to make left-right judgments based on the target delay. Each condition was repeated ten times, and the slopes of the best linear boundaries between left and right responses were used to derive the relative weights given to the target and distractor in judgments of laterality. Six of the nine listeners gave increasing weight to the target as the duration of the signals was increased from 25 or 50 to 400 ms. Three listeners showed little change with duration; one consistently gave equal weight to the target and distractor, two consistently gave greater weight to the target than to the distractor. The utility of classification paradigms in the study of multidimensional acoustic signals is discussed.

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