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A Psychoacoustical Evaluation of the Frequency Influence on the Human Binaural-Beat Perception

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When two tones of slightly different frequencies are presented to each ear separately, binaural beats might be heard. Although this is an old topic, there is a renewed interest in such beats due to novel applications indicated by recent electrophysiological and psychological studies. This paper reports psychoacoustical experiments conducted to study the human binaural-beat sensitivity. We observed that it decreases almost linearly with the stimulus frequency, being virtually zero for 1400 Hz. Unlike previous works, the obtained data were analyzed using signal detection theory, so that the results are theoretically bias-free and independent of the psychophysical procedure.
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Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: September 1, 2017

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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