Hearing Reading List

General textbooks

Chapters 9 and 10 in Sekuler & Blake (3rd Edition, 1994) are quite uptodate and relevant. If you have read and understood those chapters, you will have a good foundation which will also be relevant to the essay topics.

The simplest general introduction to hearing is:

Lindsay, P.H. & Norman, D.A. (1977) Human Information Processing, Second Edition. Academic Press. (QZ 1220 Lin)

Pierce gives a simple introduction to sound and hearing from the point of view of music. The style is casual, but the illustrations are good.

Pierce, J.R. (1983 or 1992) The Science of Musical Sound. New York: Freeman. (ML 3807 Pie)

The best introduction to the anatomy and physiology (though it is poor on the psychology) is:

Yost, W.A. and Nielsen, D.W. (1985 or 1994) Fundamentals of Hearing: An Introduction. Second or Third edition. New York: Holt Reinhart Winston. (QY 28 Yos)

Simple introductions to the physics and psychophysics of sound and hearing are:

Rosen,S & Howell,P (1991) Signals and systems for speech and hearing Academic . London (QY 28 Ros)
Luce,RD (1993) Sound and hearing : a conceptual introduction. Erlbaum Hillsdale (QY 28 Luc)

There are three good more advanced textbooks:

Moore, B.C.J. (1997) An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing. Fourth edition. Academic Press. (QZ 316 Moo) (Older editions will do for most topics)

Green, D.M. (1976) An Introduction to Hearing. Erlbaum Associates. (QU 4595 Gre)

Pickles, J.O. (1982 or 1988) An Introduction to the Physiology of Hearing. Academic. (QY 28 Pic)

A good, if now rather old survey of audition is Evans' three chapters (13,14,15) in

H.B. Barlow and J.D. Mollon (1982) The Senses. CUP: Cambridge. (QU 4590 Sen)

A personal view of the whole of auditory perception appears in:

Warren, R.M. (1982) Auditory Perception: A new synthesis. Pergamon. (QZ 316 War)

Essay Topics

Basic material on all topics except perfect pitch is given in the lecture notes. Read them first. Photocopies of references given in Bold may be bought from the BIOLS Librarian on Level 3. The relevant chapters in previous editions of Moore's book may be used instead, but be careful you read the appropriate chapter - the numbering is slightly different!

1. What is sensori-neural deafness? Why cannot it be adequately relieved by a conventional amplifying hearing aid.

Pickles (1988) Chapter 10;
Moore (1997) Ch 3.10, Chapter 2.8, Chapter 9.2

2. How do we hear the pitch of a complex sound?

Moore (1997) Chapter 5; Warren (1982) Chapter 3

3. What are the advantages of having two ears?

Moore (1997) Chapter 6; Green (1976) Chapters 5 and 6;
Warren (1982) Chapter 2.
Grantham, D. W. Spatial Hearing and related phenomena. In B. C. J. Moore (Eds.), Hearing , 1995, pp. 297-345.

4. What cues does the brain use to group together frequency components from the same sound source?

Moore (1997) Chapter 7; Warren (1982) Chapter 5.

McAdams, S. & Bregman, A. S. (1985). Hearing musical streams. In C. Roads and L. Strawn (Ed). Foundations of Computer Music Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (ML 1092 Fou)

Deutsch, D. (1982) Grouping mechanisms in music. In D. Deutsch (Ed) The Psychology of Music. Academic, pp 99-134. (ML 3830 Psy)

Deutsch, D. (1975) Musical illusions. Scientific American, 233 (October) 92-104.

5. What is "Absolute Pitch" and how can it be explained?

Takeuchi, A. H. & Hulse, S. H. (1993). Absolute pitch. Psychological Bulletin 113, 345-361.