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Open Access Do Speech Contexts Induce Constancy of Material Perception Based on Impact Sound Under Reverberation?

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Reverberation markedly distorts signals reaching our ears in a way that varies from room to room. Nevertheless, our hearing is robust against such distortions. Our earlier study indicated that material perception from impact sound is affected by the presence of reverberation, but repeated presentation of impact sounds with a constant reverberation reduced the effect. However, it was not clear whether this adaptation to reverberation is specific to the case where the context consists only of impact sounds related to the task. This study tested whether the adaptation is induced by a task-unrelated short speech sound preceding the target impact sound. The results failed to indicate the context effect. This suggests that a short speech segment with reverberation may be insufficient to induce the adaptation to reverberation.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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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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