Formation of auditory streams

Yonatan I. Fishman and Mitchell Steinschneider

in The Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science: The Auditory Brain

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199233281
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Formation of auditory streams

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The article outlines various neural processes underlying auditory scene analysis. It refers to the processes by which the auditory system groups and segregates components of sound mixtures to construct meaningful perceptual representations of sound sources in the environment. The article gives an overview of sequential, simultaneous, and schema-based auditory perceptual segregation/grouping processes. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between neurophysiological studies of auditory scene analysis in humans and those involving animal models. General physiological principles and themes that have emerged may provide a framework for the continuing investigation of neural substrates underlying auditory perceptual organization. A greater understanding of neural mechanisms involved in processes of auditory perceptual organization suggests additional therapies or other forms of intervention to ameliorate deficits contributing to developmental language disorders.

Keywords: neural processes; auditory scene analysis; neural substrates; perceptual organization; neurophysiological studies

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Cognitive Psychology

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