Discrimination of spectral shape as a function of stimulus duration

J Acoust Soc Am. 1993 Feb;93(2):957-65. doi: 10.1121/1.405456.


Thresholds for discriminating the changes in the spectral shape of simultaneously presented components (profile analysis) are measured as a function of stimulus duration for various complex stimuli. For all stimuli, the threshold decreases with increasing duration until a transition time is reached, and thereafter the threshold remains constant. The amount of change in threshold and the value of transition time appear to be greater for complexes having narrower frequency spacing of the components. The results can be accounted for, at least qualitatively, by assuming that the bandwidth of the auditory filters decreases after the onset of the stimulus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Acoustics
  • Adult
  • Auditory Perception
  • Auditory Threshold
  • Female
  • Hearing / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male