Cook, Perry (Ed.)


Music, Cognition and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to Psychoacoustics

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Language(s): English


Auditory Scene Analysis Parameters of Sound Cognitive Science Perception Psychoacoustics


This book presents a comprehensive series of essays on psychoacoustics that are specifically geared towards introducing the field of psychoacoustics to those interested in music. It covers basic concepts, such as the physiology and functions of the ear, auditory sections of the brain, elements of cognitive psychology, perception, acoustics and analysis tools (including a chapter that is dedicated to auditory scene analysis).

Table of contents:

1. The Ear and How It Works
2. The Auditory Brain
3. Cognitive Psychology and Music
4. Sound Waves and Sine Waves
5. Introduction to Pitch Perception
6. What is Loudness?
7. Introduction to Timbre
8. Hearing in Time and Space
9. Voice Physics and Neurology
10. Stream Segregation and Ambiguity in Audition
11. Formant Peaks and Spectral Valleys
12. Articulation in Speech and Sound
13. Pitch Perception and Measurement
14. Consonance and Scales
15. Tonal Structure and Scales
16. Pitch, Periodicity, and Noise in the Voice
17. Memory for Musical Attributes
18. Haptics
19. Haptics in Manipulation
20. Perceptual Fusion and Auditory Perspective
21. Passive Nonlinearities in Acoustics
22. Storage and Reproduction of Music
23. Experimental Design in Psychoacoustic Research