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Perceptual Development: Hearing

Infants respond to sounds of many types from birth. In fact, hearing begins months before a child is born. However, many studies demonstrate that hearing continues to develop well into adolescence. The development of hearing, as will be shown in this entry, depends on improvements in the way that sound is initially represented in the nervous system, in the way that the auditory scene is organized, in the ability to select sounds for processing, and in the flexibility of sound processing.

Sound

All sounds can be described in terms of frequency, level, and changes in frequency or level over time. Frequency is the acoustic dimension that gives rise to the percept of pitch. Level is the acoustic dimension that gives rise to the percept of loudness. Changes ...

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