Thresholds For Segregating A Narrow Band From A Broadband Noise Based On Interaural Phase And Level Differences

William A. Yost

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Either an interaural phase shift or level difference was introduced to a narrow section of broadband noise in order to measure the acuity of the binaural system to segregate a narrowband from a broadband stimulus. Listeners were asked to indicate whether this dichotic noise or a totally diotic noise was presented in a single-interval procedure. Thresholds for interaural phase and level differences were estimated from four point psychometric functions. These thresholds were determined for three bandwidths of interaurally altered noise (2, 10, and 100 Hz) centered at four center frequencies (200, 500, 1000, and 1600 Hz). Thresholds were lowest when the interaurally altered band of noise was centered at 500 Hz, and thresholds increased as the bandwidth of the interaurally altered noise decreased. Performance did not exceed 75% correct when either an interaural phase shift (180°) or interaural level difference (50 dB) was introduced to a 100 Hz band of noise centered at frequencies higher than 1600 Hz. In a second set of conditions, performance was measured when both an interaural phase shift and level difference were presented in a 10-Hz-wide band of noise centered at 500 Hz. A version of the Durlach E-C model was able to account for a great deal of the data. The results are discussed in terms of the Huggins dichotic pitch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)838-844
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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