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BCCN AG-Seminar

Tuesday, 12.06.2007 16:30 s.t.

Mechanisms of Auditory Object Formation

by Prof. Dr. Georg M. Klump
from Animal Physiology & Behavior Group, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg


Seminarraum Haus 2, 4. Stock (Bunsenstr.)


The auditory system analyses complex acoustic scenes by segregating the sounds from different sources and grouping the sounds originating from each source into separate auditory streams. Psychophysical studies have demonstrated that rules put forward by Gestalt theory can be applied in predicting performance in auditory scene analysis (e.g., see Bregman, 1990, “Auditory Scene Analysis”, MIT Press, Cambridge). We are beginning to understand some of the physiological mechanisms underlying auditory scene analysis and the operation of the rules from Gestalt theory. These mechanisms will be the topic of the seminar providing examples of auditory scene analysis from studies in animals comparing results from psychophysics and physiology.

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