Auditory Distance Perception

Ian P. Howard

in Perceiving in Depth

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199764167
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949373 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Auditory Distance Perception

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This chapter reviews the mechanisms that allow animals and humans to judge the distances of sound sources. It starts by describing the processes that cause a sound source to be perceived outside the head. Information used to detect the distance of a sound source is discussed under three headings: monaural cues, binaural cues, and dynamic cues arising from the movement of the source. There follows an account of auditory aftereffects and interactions between audition and vision as manifested in effects such as ventriloquism. The chapter ends with a review of echolocation in bats and marine mammals and a review of the lateral-line system of fish.

Keywords: sound localization; monaural cues; binaural cues; ventriloquism; echolocation; lateral line

Chapter.  25745 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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