Hill N I, Bailey P J, 2002, "A comparison of the effects of differences in temporal gating and ear of presentation on profile discrimination" Perception 31(11) 1395 – 1402
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A comparison of the effects of differences in temporal gating and ear of presentation on profile discrimination
Nicholas I Hill, Peter J Bailey
Received 28 August 2000, in revised form 4 July 2002; published online 23 October 2002
Abstract. The aim of the study was to examine the effects of differences in temporal gating and ear of presentation (both separately and in combination) on listeners' ability to detect an increment in the level of a 1 kHz component (the target) relative to that of four spectrally flanking components. The flanking components were always presented to the listeners' right ear, while the target component was either presented to the same ear (monaural presentation) or to the left ear (dichotic presentation). Similarly, the target and flanking components were either gated on and off at the same time (synchronous presentation), or else the target component began 100 ms before and terminated 100 ms after the four flanking components (asynchronous presentation). On average, thresholds were lowest in the synchronous, monaural condition, and highest in the two asynchronous conditions. Ear differences alone did result in elevated thresholds for most listeners. However, combining differences in gating and ear of presentation produced thresholds that were indistinguishable from those obtained when gating differences alone were employed. These results are consistent with the suggestion that differences in temporal gating lead to more complete segregation of concurrent frequency components than differences in spatial location.
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