Investigating the build-up of precedence effect using reflection masking

Jessica Hartcher-O'Brien, Jörg Buchholz

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The auditory processing level involved in the build-up of precedence [Freyman et al., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 90, 874–884 (1991)] has been investigated here by employing reflection masked threshold (RMT) techniques. Given that RMT techniques are generally assumed to address lower levels of the auditory signal processing, such an approach represents a bottom-up approach to the buildup of precedence. Three conditioner configurations measuring a possible buildup of reflection suppression were compared to the baseline RMT for four reflection delays ranging from 2.5–15 ms. No buildup of reflection suppression was observed for any of the conditioner configurations. Buildup of template (decrease in RMT for two of the conditioners), on the other hand, was found to be delay dependent. For five of six listeners, with reflection delay=2.5 and 15 ms, RMT decreased relative to the baseline. For 5- and 10-ms delay, no change in threshold was observed. It is concluded that the low-level auditory processing involved in RMT is not sufficient to realize a buildup of reflection suppression. This confirms suggestions that higher level processing is involved in PE buildup. The observed enhancement of reflection detection (RMT) may contribute to active suppression at higher processing levels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Number of pages3083
PublisherAcoustical Society of America
Publication date2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventConference of the Acoustical Society of America -
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …


ConferenceConference of the Acoustical Society of America
Period01/01/2006 → …

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