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May 1983

Hearing: An Introduction to Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(5):355-356. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800190077023

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This book is intended to introduce the new student of hearing science to the physiology and psychology of audition, in such a way as to overcome "the frustrating dilemma imposed by textbooks that are either too basic or too advanced."

The first half of the book covers anatomy, conductive mechanisms, cochlear mechanisms, and auditory nerve-central pathway neuroelectric response properties. The second half of the book is devoted to psychoacoustics, with chapters on psychophysical methods, auditory sensitivity, masking, pitch, loudness, binaural hearing, and speech perception. The chapters on conductive mechanisms, psychoacoustic methods, and binaural hearing are well written. Acoustics and averaged evoked potentials are two important areas that receive little attention. All of the chapters are well organized, cite classic and contemporary studies, and include many figures from the literature. It was somewhat distracting, however, to find so many typographical errors throughout the text.

As was the author's intent, this book

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