Frequency selectivity using tonal-temporal masking: Diotic vs. dichotic masking

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A combined forward-backward masking procedure was used to investigate the threshold of a 30-msec, 500-Hz signal as a function of masker frequency. The signal thresholds were obtained in two signal conditions, diotic (So) and dichotic (S π), and for two different temporal separations of the maskers. The maskers were 500 msec in duration and were presented at 75 dB SPL. The function relating masked signal threshold to masker frequency was used to describe frequency selectivity in the four conditions. There were no differences in frequency selectivity measured between the diotic and dichotic signal conditions and only a small difference measured between the two intermasker interval conditions. The S π conditions yielded lower thresholds than did the So conditions. The change in intermasker interval from 10 to 50 msec lowered the threshold maximally 18 dB for the So condition and 13 dB for the S π condition. The results indicate that in this tonal temporal masking procedure there are no differences between the diotic and dichotic critical bands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-427
Number of pages5
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1975
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)


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