Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to Psychoacoustics

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How hearing works and how the brain processes sounds entering the ear to provide the listener with useful information are of great interest to psychologists,cognitive scientists, and musicians. However, while a number of books have concentrated on individual aspects of this field, known as psychoacoustics, there has been no comprehensive introductory coverage of the multiple topics encompassed under the term. Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound is the first book to provide that coverage, and it does so via a unique and useful approach.

The book begins with introductory chapters on the basic physiology and functions of the ear and auditory sections of the brain, then proceeds to discuss numerous topics associated with the study of psychoacoustics,including cognitive psychology and the physics of sound. The book has a particular emphasis on music and computerized sound. An accompanying download includes many sound examples to help explicate the text and is available with the code included in the book at The contributing authors include John Chowning, Perry R. Cook, Brent Gillespie, Daniel J. Levitin, Max Mathews, John Pierce, and Roger Shepard.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531900
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,077,932
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Perry R. Cook is Assistant Professor in the Department of ComputerScience at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in Music.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
1 The Ear and How it Works 1
2 The Auditory Brain 11
3 Cognitive Psychology and Music 21
4 Sound Waves and Sine Waves 37
5 Introduction to Pitch Perception 57
6 What is Loudness? 71
7 Introduction to Timbre 79
8 Hearing in Time and Space 89
9 Voice Physics and Neurology 105
10 Stream Segregation and Ambiguity in Audition 117
11 Formant Peaks and Spectral Valleys 129
12 Articulation in Speech and Sound 139
13 Pitch Perception and Measurement 149
14 Consonance and Scales 167
15 Tonal Structure and Scales 187
16 Pitch, Periodicity, and Noise in the Voice 195
17 Memory for Musical Attributes 209
18 Haptics 229
19 Haptics in Manipulation 247
20 Perceptual Fusion and Auditory Perspective 261
21 Passive Nonlinearities in Acoustics 277
22 Storage and Reproduction of Music 285
23 Experimental Design in Psychoacoustic Research 299
App. A: Suggested Lab Exercises 329
App. B: Questions and Thought Problems 343
App. C: Sound Examples on CD 351
Index 361
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