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December 1976

Basic Experimentation in Psychoacoustics

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Ann Arbor, Mich

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(12):761-762. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780170079022

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This is a primer on psychoacoustics for the nonspecialist. In considerably less than 200 pages of text a relatively clear and painless introduction is provided to the behavioral science that is the basis for clinical audiology. The audiologist, ear, nose, and throat resident, or practicing otolaryngologist looking for a brief resume of terminology, experimental method, and theory in psychoacoustics will find it here. Perhaps two to three hours of reading will not transform you into a full-blown psychoacoustician, but it should help to dispel some of your anxiety on overhearing a discussion of isophonic contours or intermodulation distortion, or on coming face-to-face with a wave analyzer (see page 51).

The final chapter on classical psychoacoustics fills half the book and is most important, especially for the reader not interested in entering the laboratory. Here the traditional testing methods and procedures for analysis of data are described in detail. Following

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