Observer weighting of interaural delays in source and echo clicks

Mark A. Stellmack, Raymond H. Dye, Sandra J. Guzman

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A correlational analysis was used to assess the relative weight given to the interaural differences of time (IDTs) of source and echo clicks for echo delays ranging from 1-256 ms. In three different experimental conditions, listeners were instructed to discriminate the IDT of the source, the IDT of the echo, or the difference between the IDTs of the source and echo. The IDT of the target click was chosen randomly and independently from trial-to- trial from a Gaussian distribution (μ = 0 μs, σ = 100 μs). The IDT of the nontarget click was either fixed at 0 μs or varied in the same manner as the IDT of the target. The data show that for echo delays of 8 ms or less, greater weight was given to the IDT of the source than to that of the echo in all experimental conditions. For echo delays from 16-64 ms, the IDT of the echo was weighted slightly more than that of the source and the weights accounted for a greater proportion of the responses when the echo was the target; indicating that the binaural information in the echo was dominant over the binaural information in the source. The data suggested the possibility that for echo delays from 8-32 ms, listeners were unable to resolve the temporal order of the source and echo IDTs. Listeners were able to weight the binaural information in the source and echo appropriately for a given task only when the echo delay was 128 ms or greater.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-387
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999


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