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Auditory Scene Analysis

Auditory scene analysis (ASA), first described by Albert Bregman in 1990, explains the basic processes by which the auditory system makes sense of the world from acoustic information. Bregman indicated that it is paramount to effectively partition all auditory input in the environment, thereby combining sensory evidence together; otherwise an individual would not be able to recognize the auditory world. The framework through which researchers have explored ASA throughout the last five decades is derived from Gestalt principles.

Bregman and Steven Pinker’s work specified that the principles of exclusive allocation, belongingness, and the auditory streaming effect influence the organization of auditory input. These constructs apply to both simultaneous and sequential organization of acoustic events and guide the mental representations produced by auditory input. They help ...

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