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Rippled Depth Thresholds: Estimates Obtained by Discrimination From Rippled and Nonrippled Reference Signals

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The objective of the study was to better understand of contribution of excitation-pattern and temporal-processing mechanisms of frequency analysis to discrimination of complex-spectrum signals in various discrimination tasks. Using rippled-spectrum signals, the ripple depth thresholds were measured as functions of ripple density under conditions of rippled or non-rippled reference signals. With rippled reference signals, the ripple depth thresholds were as low as 0.11 at low ripple densities (2–3 cycles/oct) and rose to 1.0 at a ripple density of 8.9 cycles/oct. For non-rippled reference signals, ripple depth thresholds were nearly the same as for rippled reference signals at ripple densities of up to 7 cycles/oct; at ripple densities of 10 cycles/oct and higher, ripple depth thresholds rose slowly and reached 1.0 at a ripple density of 26 cycles/oct. The results hypothetically suggest contributions of the excitation-pattern processing and temporal-processing mechanisms of frequency analysis to discrimination of rippled signals. The excitation-pattern mechanism featured low depth thresholds at low ripple densities but could not function at ripple densities above 10 cycles/oct. The temporal-processing mechanism manifested at higher ripple densities and non-rippled reference stimuli.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2019

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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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