Observer weighting strategies in interaural time-difference discrimination and monaural level discrimination for a multi-tone complex

Raymond H. Dye, Mark A. Stellmack, Noah F. Jurcin

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Abstract

Two experiments measured listeners' abilities to weight information from different components in a complex of 553, 753, and 953 Hz. The goal was to determine whether or not the ability to adjust perceptual weights generalized across tasks. Weights were measured by binary logistic regression between stimulus values that were sampled from Gaussian distributions and listeners' responses. The first task was interaural time discrimination in which listeners judged the laterality of the target component. The second task was monaural level discrimination in which listeners indicated whether the level of the target component decreased or increased across two intervals. For both experiments, each of the three components served as the target. Ten listeners participated in both experiments. The results showed that those individuals who adjusted perceptual weights in the interaural time experiment could also do so in the monaural level discrimination task. The fact that the same individuals appeared to be analytic in both tasks is an indication that the weights measure the ability to attend to a particular region of the spectrum while ignoring other spectral regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3079-3090
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume117
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2005

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