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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Timothy D. Trine, PhD (Vanderbilt University)
Description: This book, the sixth volume in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research series, covers the computational analysis of the function of the auditory system. Chapter one presents an excellent overview and an introduction to computational modeling. The remaining nine chapters are organized with respect to levels of auditory processing (from the external ear to the auditory cortex).
Purpose: The authors state that the objective of the series is to present topics in auditory research that have "developed a solid data and conceptual foundation" and to cover a single topic comprehensively in each volume. The current volume is intended to provide an overview of the computational analysis of auditory system function. This book represents a logical addition to the series and complements the anatomical, physiological, and psychophysical data presented in earlier volumes.
Audience: The book is aimed at individuals with an interest in hearing research. The appropriate audience includes advanced graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and clinical investigators. The multidisciplinary nature of the work makes this book appropriate reading for a wide audience. The comprehensive coverage will be appreciated by serious students as well as established investigators. Authors of the chapters are all well-respected scholars and leading experts in their fields.
Features: The book is very well referenced with citations as current as 1995. Although the table of contents is not detailed, the organization of the chapters is consistently good; headings are clearly labeled and sections are numbered uniformly throughout the text. Each chapter ends with a list of abbreviations and/or mathematical symbols with a reference to the section in which it was first introduced.
Assessment: This book is in excellent comprehensive look at auditory computation. It is recommended for advanced graduate students studying audition as well as for investigators interested in a comprehensive review of the current state-of-the-art in auditory computation.