Lateralization of Filtered Clicks

W. A. Yost, F. L. Wightman, David M. Green

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Lateralization of brief clicks was studied while the frequency content of the clicks was altered by filtering. The subject was asked to discriminate a centered image, a pair of identical clicks that arrived simultaneously at the two headphones, from a displaced image, a pair of identical clicks in which the click to the left ear was slightly delayed. The discrimination of the lateral position deteriorated as the clicks were high-pass filtered beyond 1500 Hz and was largely unaffected by low-pass filtering. Masking with high-pass and low-pass noise showed that low-pass noise severely disrupted the lateralization of the high-pass clicks, but the high-pass noise produced no disruption of the lateralization of the low-pass clicks. Our results suggest that the discrimination of lateral position depends largely on the low-frequency content of the click and thus, presumably, on the apical end of cochlear partition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1526-1531
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number6B
StatePublished - Dec 1971
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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