An influence of amplitude modulation on interaural level difference processing suggested by learning patterns of human adults

Yuxuan Zhang*, Beverly A. Wright

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Abstract

Humans rely on interaural level differences (ILDs) to determine the location of sound sources, particularly for high-frequency sounds. Previously, ILD-discrimination performance with a 4-kHz pure tone was reported to improve with multi-hour training. Here the effect of the same training regimen on ILD discrimination with a 4-kHz tone sinusoidally amplitude modulated (SAM) at 0.3 kHz was examined. Ten of the 16 trained listeners improved more than untrained controls, demonstrating training-induced learning. However, compared to the learning previously obtained with the 4-kHz pure tone, learning with the SAM tone was less predictable based on starting performance, took longer to complete, and was characterized by specificity to stimulus type (SAM vs pure tones) rather than stimulus frequency. These differences demonstrate an influence of amplitude modulation on learning of ILD discrimination. This influence suggests that the auditory system makes use of amplitude envelope information in determining ILD-discrimination performance, a form of interaction between time and level processing in the binaural system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1358
Number of pages10
Journaljournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume126
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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