Lateralization of pulsed sinusoids based on interaural onset, ongoing, and offset temporal differences

William A. Yost

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When pulsed sinusoids are presented to the ears with an interaural temporal difference but with no rise-decay time or filtering, three values of interaural time are present: onset, ongoing, and offset interaural differences. Lateral discrimination based on interaural temporal differences was studied for such stimuli. The sinusoids were either equal-energy or constant-intensity 65 dB SPL tones. The frequencies of the tones ranged from 150 to 4050 Hz and the durations covered a range of 2 msec-1 sec. The threshold value of interaural time obtained in the lateral discrimination task increased as a function of increasing frequency when intensity was maintained constant. When equal-energy signals were used, the change in lateralization as a function of changes in frequency depended on signal duration. All lateral discrimination thresholds were approximately the same when the onset and offset temporal differences were reduced or eliminated by applying a bandpass filter, high-pass filter, or a rise-decay time, or by presenting the signals with only an ongoing temporal difference. Low-pass filtering the 4050-Hz signals produced lateral discriminations approximately equal to those obtained with no filtering. These results suggest that low-frequency information is the crucial variable for lateralizing sinusoidal stimuli presented with onset, ongoing, and offset interaural temporal differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-194
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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