Introduction to Psychoacoustics
This course examines human auditory processing from the eardrum to the auditory cortex. Students learn how speech and music signals are transformed from physical activity in the environment, to sensations in the cochlea, to psychological perceptions in the brain. The relationship between a sound and its perception will be discussed in terms of the underlying mechanisms and the limitations of our hearing system. Topics include a description of the auditory system and pathways; signal detection and discrimination; masking; temporal resolution; pitch, timbre, and loudness perception; sound localization; auditory scene analysis; and speech and music perception.