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By Fourier's theorem, signals can be decomposed into a sum of sinusoids of different frequencies. This is especially relevant for hearing, because the inner ear performs a form of mechanical Fourier transform by mapping frequencies along the length of the cochlear partition. An alternative signal decomposition, originated by Hilbert, is to factor a signal(More)
1. The temporal discharge patterns of auditory nerve fibers in Dial-anesthetized cats were studied in response to periodic complex acoustic waveforms that evoke pitches at their fundamental frequencies. Single-formant vowels, amplitude-modulated (AM) and quasi-frequency-modulated tones. AM noise, click trains, and other complex tones were utilized.(More)
1. The neural correlates of low pitches produced by complex tones were studied by analyzing temporal discharge patterns of auditory nerve fibers in Dial-anesthetized cats. In the previous paper it was observed that, for harmonic stimuli, the most frequent interspike interval present in the population of auditory nerve fibers always corresponded to the(More)
1. The antimasking effects of olivocochlear (OC) efferent feedback were studied in anesthetized or decerebrate cats by comparing responses of single auditory-nerve fibers (ANFs) to tone bursts in continuous masking noise seen with and without addition of a moderate-level contralateral noise known to activate the OC reflex. Responses were measured as a(More)
  • B Delgutte
  • 1990
Masking might be due either to the spread of the excitation produced by the masker to the place of the tone signal along the cochlea or to the suppression of the response to the signal by the masker. In order to identify the contributions of these two mechanisms to tone-on-tone masking, masked thresholds of auditory-nerve fibers were measured in(More)
Basic principles of the theory of harmony reflect physiological and anatomical properties of the auditory nervous system and related cognitive systems. This hypothesis is motivated by observations from several different disciplines, including ethnomusicology, developmental psychology, and animal behavior. Over the past several years, we and our colleagues(More)
Interaural time difference (ITD) is a cue to the location of sounds containing low frequencies and is represented in the inferior colliculus (IC) by cells that respond maximally at a particular best delay (BD). Previous studies have demonstrated that single ITD-sensitive cells contain sufficient information in their discharge patterns to account for ITD(More)
The growth of two-tone rate suppression with suppressor level was studied for auditory-nerve fibers in anesthetized cats. The level of a tone at the characteristic frequency (CF) was adjusted by an adaptive procedure (PEST) so that, when presented with a suppressor tone, the CF tone would produce a criterion discharge rate. Suppression (in dB) was defined(More)
Sound localization depends on multiple acoustic cues such as interaural differences in time (ITD) and level (ILD) and spectral features introduced by the pinnae. Although many neurons in the inferior colliculus (IC) are sensitive to the direction of sound sources in free field, the acoustic cues underlying this sensitivity are unknown. To approach this(More)
The auditory system operates over a vast range of sound pressure levels (100-120 dB) with nearly constant discrimination ability across most of the range, well exceeding the dynamic range of most auditory neurons (20-40 dB). Dean et al. (2005) have reported that the dynamic range of midbrain auditory neurons adapts to the distribution of sound levels in a(More)