Auditory organization

Benjamin J. Dyson

in Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science: Hearing

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199233557
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Auditory organization

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This article provides a detailed account of auditory organization: How the auditory system separates out the sounds from different sources, and groups together the sounds from the same source into a coherent auditory stream. This vital stage in hearing, a prerequisite of sound identification, can be regarded as one of the most complex processing tasks accomplished by the auditory brain. In addition to providing an overview of auditory segregation and integration, this study also reaches for cognitive and neuroimaging data as a way of providing further insight into the mechanisms involved in auditory perceptual organization. It considers one particular case study of perceptual organization that is both contemporary and contentious: the relationship between auditory what and where information in the brain. Oral communication is perhaps the most important use of hearing for humans, which allows them to convey their thoughts and emotions with comparative ease.

Keywords: auditory organization; auditory system; coherent auditory stream; neuroimaging; oral communication

Article.  15771 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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