Psychological Acoustics

  • John M. Eargle


The field of psychological acoustics, or psychoacoustics, is extremely broad, encompassing many disciplines. Our approach here is to limit the subject to aspects of special interest to those involved in music technologies, such as recording, broadcasting, sound reinforcement, and electronic music.


Sound Source Sound Pressure Level Pure Tone Basilar Membrane Precedence Effect 
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References Cited

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Recommended Reading

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Additional Resources

  1. Auditory Demonstrations. 1987. Compact disc available from Acoustical Society of America.Google Scholar

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  • John M. Eargle

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