Extracting binaural information from simultaneous targets and distractors: Effects of amplitude modulation and asynchronous envelopes

Mark A. Stellmack, Andrew J. Byrne, Neal F. Viemeister

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Abstract

When different components of a stimulus carry different binaural information, processing of binaural information in a target component is often affected. The present experiments examine whether such interference is affected by amplitude modulation and the relative phase of modulation of the target and distractors. In all experiments, listeners attempted to discriminate interaural time differences of a target stimulus in the presence of distractor stimuli with ITD=0. In Experiment 1, modulation of the distractors but not the target reduced interference between components. In Experiment 2, synthesized musical notes exhibited little binaural interference when there were slight asynchronies between different streams of notes (31 or 62 ms). The remaining experiments suggested that the reduction in binaural interference in the previous experiments was due neither to the complex spectra of the synthesized notes nor to greater detectability of the target in the presence of modulated distractors. These data suggest that this interference is reduced when components are modulated in ways that result in the target appearing briefly in isolation, not because of segregation cues. These data also suggest that modulation and asynchronies between modulators that might be encountered in real-world listening situations are adequate to reduce binaural interference to inconsequential levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1235-1244
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume128
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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