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The Auditory System at the Cocktail Party is a rather whimsical title that points to the very serious challenge faced by listeners in most everyday environments: how to hear out sounds of interest amid a cacophony of competing sounds. The Auditory System at the Cocktail Party presents the mechanisms for bottom-up object formation and top-down object selection that the auditory system employs to meet that challenge.
- Introduction to the Cocktail Party
- Auditory Object Formation and Selection
- Spatial Mechanisms for Scene Analysis
- Informational masking and masking release
- Models of Stream Segregation
- Spatial Stream Segregation in the Auditory Cortex
- Neurophysiology and Neuroimaging of Auditory Stream Segregation in Humans
- Cochlear implants and hearing aids
John C. Middlebrooks is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of California, Irvine, with affiliate appointments in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, the Department of Cognitive Sciences, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Jonathan Z. Simon is a Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, with joint appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Biology, and the Institute for Systems Research.
Arthur N. Popper is Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Richard R. Fay is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Loyola University, Chicago.