Detection of tones of unexpected frequency in amplitude-modulated noise

Beverly A. Wright*, Matthew B. Fitzgerald

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Detection of a tonal signal in amplitude-modulated noise can improve with increases in noise bandwidth if the pattern of amplitude fluctuations is uniform across frequency, a phenomenon termed comodulation masking release (CMR). Most explanations for CMR rely on an assumption that listeners monitor frequency channels both at and remote from the signal frequency in conditions that yield the effect. To test this assumption, detectability was assessed for signals presented at expected and unexpected frequencies in wideband amplitude-modulated noise. Detection performance was high even for signals of unexpected frequency, suggesting that listeners were monitoring multiple frequency channels, as has been assumed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2043-2046
Number of pages4
Journaljournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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