Signals, Sound, and Sensation / Edition 1

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Designed to follow an introductory text on psychoacoustics, this book takes readers through the mathematics of signal processing from its beginnings in the Fourier transform to advanced topics in modulation, dispersion relations, minimum phase systems, sampled data, and nonlinear distortion. While organised like an introductory engineering text on signals, the examples and exercises come from research on the perception of sound. A unique feature of this book is its consistent application of the Fourier transform, which unifies topics as diverse as cochlear filtering and digital recording. More than 250 exercises are included, many of them devoted to practical research in perception, while others explore surprising auditory illusions generated by special signals. Periodic signals, aperiodic signals, and noise — along with their linear and nonlinear transformations — are covered in detail. More advanced mathematical topics are treated in the appendices. A working knowledge of elementary calculus is the only prerequisite. Indispensable for researchers and advanced students in the psychology of auditory perception.

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"...of great importance to the hearing science community... If I were to give an advanced course, this is precisely the book I would recommend." W. Dixon Ward, University of Minnesota

"Covers a wide range of topics in a clear, authoritative and easy-to-read style… [It] is intended to be used as a text for a second course in psychoacoustics … Should be considered by anyone wanting to teach signal theory to students with an interest in psychoacoustics." Physics Today

"…The book makes very clear the extraordinary complexity of the signal processing performed automatically and effortlessly by the ears … [This book] is specifically aimed at readers deeply interested in the perception of sound. It emphasizes not only advanced psychoacoustic concepts and measurement protocols, but also provides masterly treatment of the mathematics of signals … It is remarkably successful in its simultaneous exposition of the analytical, physical and perceptual aspects of sound and hearing … This is a splendid book, well organized, copiously illustrated and pleasantly written." American Scientist

"Signals, Sound, and Sensation" is of great importance to the hearing science community... If I were to give an advanced course, this is precisely the book I would recommend." --- W. Dixon Ward, University of Minnesota

A textbook for a second course in psychoacoustics, the study of how a physical sound as described mathematically is transformed into the perception of sound as registered by a listener. Assumes a comfort with the concepts and practice of differential and integral calculus, but no prior study of differential equations, Fourier transforms, or linear algebra. Organized basically as an introductory engineering text on signals, but draws the examples and exercises from research on sound perception that hearing scientists would be familiar with and benefit from. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563962837
  • Publisher: American Inst. of Physics
  • Publication date: 1/9/1997
  • Series: Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed. 1998. Corr. 5th printing 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 647
  • Product dimensions: 1.50 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.- 1. Pure Tones.- 2. Complex Representation.- 3. Power, Intensity, and Decibels.- 4. Intensity and Loudness.- 5. Fourier Series.- 6. Perception of Periodic Complex Tones.- 7. Delta Functions.- 8. Fourier Integral.- 9. Filters.- 10. Auditory Filters.- 11. Musical Measures of Frequency.- 12. Pitch of Sine Tones.- 13. Applications of the Fourier Transform.- 14. Correlation Functions and Spectra.- 15. Delay-and-Add Filtering.- 16. Probability Density Functions.- 17. Beats and Amplitude Modulation.- 18. The Envelope.- 19. Frequency Modulation.- 20. Modulation Detection and Perception.- 21. Sampled Signals.- 22. Nonlinear Distortion.- 23. Noise.- 24. Signal Detection Theory.- Appendices A - K.- References.- Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    Must have

    This is IT. The perfect combination of insight and mathematical foundation. Math level is not basic by any means, but not too verbose either. Orientation is definitely to the practical, covers a lot of ground, and this is really the important stuff. At the top of my list for acoustics/psychoacoustics references.

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