Measurement of the binaural auditory filter using a detection task

Andrew J. Kolarik, John F. Culling

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The spectral resolution of the binaural system was measured using a tone-detection task in a binaural analog of the notched-noise technique. Three listeners performed 2-interval, 2-alternative, forced choice tasks with a 500-ms out-of-phase signal within 500 ms of broadband masking noise consisting of an “outer” band of either interaurally uncorrelated or anticorrelated noise, and an “inner” band of interaurally correlated noise. Three signal frequencies were tested (250, 500, and 750 Hz), and the asymmetry of the filter was measured by keeping the signal at a constant frequency and moving the correlated noise band relative to the signal. Thresholds were taken for bandwidths of correlated noise ranging from 0 to 400 Hz. The equivalent rectangular bandwidth of the binaural filter was found to increase with signal frequency, and estimates tended to be larger than monaural bandwidths measured for the same listeners using equivalent techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3009-3017
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2010

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