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Auditory System and Human Sound-Localization Behavior (Hardcover) (John Van Opstal)
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Sound Source Localization in the Human Auditory System provides a comprehensive account of the full action-perception cycle underlying spatial hearing. It highlights the interesting properties of the auditory system, such as its organization in azimuth and elevation coordinates. This will be compared with the visual system. Readers will appreciate that sound localization is inherently a neuro-computational process (it needs to process on implicit and independent acoustic cues). The localization problem of which sound location gave rise to a particular sensory acoustic input cannot be uniquely solved, and therefore requires some clever strategies to cope with everyday situations. The reader is guided through the full interdisciplinary repertoire of the natural sciences: not only neurobiology, but also physics and mathematics, and current theories on sensorimotor integration (e.g. Bayesian approaches to deal with uncertain information) and neural encoding. Ultimately the volume will help to explain the brain’s sound source localization process.
- First comprehensive overview on the full action-perception cycle underlying spatial hearing
- Discusses sound localization as an inherently neuro-computational process
- Written by a leading systems neuroscience researcher
- Includes appendix to help readers understand key quantitative ideas