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Auditory Perception
Auditory perception
Christopher J.Plack
The Problem of Hearing

Most of us live in very noisy environments. Throughout the day we are bombarded by sounds, some of which are useless, some annoying, and some of which may be vital for our survival. Although the auditory system evolved in more peaceful times than these, it still manages to perform remarkably well on the incredibly complex task that is demanded of it. In most cases we seem to hear so effortlessly that we do not appreciate the depth of the neural processing that underlies our perceptions.

Our ears receive a mixture of all the sounds in the environment at a given time. We have to be able to separate out the sounds in which we are interested, then decode the ...

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