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Interaural correlation and the binaural summation of loudness

Edmonds, Barrie Alan and Culling, John Francis 2009. Interaural correlation and the binaural summation of loudness. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 125 (6) , pp. 3865-3870. 10.1121/1.3120412

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The effect of interaural correlation (ρ) on the loudness for noisebands was measured using a loudness-matching task in naïve listeners. The task involved a sequence of loudness comparisons for which the intensity of one stimulus in a given comparison was varied using a one-up-one-down adaptive rule. The task provided an estimate of the level difference (in decibels) for which two stimulus conditions have equal loudness, giving measures of loudness difference in equivalent decibel units (dBequiv). Concurrent adaptive tracks measured loudness differences between ρ = 1, 0, and −1 and between these binaural stimuli and the monaural case for various noisebands. For all noisebands, monaural stimuli required approximately 6 dB higher levels than ρ = 1 for equal loudness. For most noisebands, ρ = 1 and ρ = −1 were almost equal in loudness, with ρ = −1 being slightly louder in the majority of measurements, while ρ = 0 was about 2 dBequiv louder than ρ = 1 or ρ = −1. However, noisebands with significant high-frequency energy showed smaller differences: for 3745–4245 Hz, ρ = 0 was only about 0.85 dBequiv louder than ρ = ±1, and for 100–5000 Hz it was non-significantly louder (perhaps 0.7 dBequiv).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
Uncontrolled Keywords: acoustic intensity, acoustic noise, acoustic noise measurement, hearing, loudness
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
ISSN: 0001-4966
Funders: EPSRC
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:54

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