Comparison of auditory spatial bisection and minimum audible angle in front, lateral, and back space

Aggius-Vella, Elena, Kolarik, Andrew ORCID:, Gori, Monica, Cirstea, Silvia, Campus, Claudio, Moore, Brian and Pardhan, Shahina (2020) Comparison of auditory spatial bisection and minimum audible angle in front, lateral, and back space. Scientific Reports, 10. ISSN 2045-2322

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Although vision is important for calibrating auditory spatial perception, it only provides information about frontal sound sources. Previous studies of blind and sighted people support the idea that azimuthal spatial bisection in frontal space requires visual calibration, while detection of a change in azimuth (minimum audible angle, MAA) does not. The influence of vision on the ability to map frontal, lateral and back space has not been investigated. Performance in spatial bisection and MAA tasks was assessed for normally sighted blindfolded subjects using bursts of white noise presented frontally, laterally, or from the back relative to the subjects. Thresholds for both tasks were similar in frontal space, lower for the MAA task than for the bisection task in back space, and higher for the MAA task in lateral space. Two interpretations of the results are discussed, one in terms of visual calibration and the use of internal representations of source location and the other based on comparison of the magnitude or direction of change of the available binaural cues. That bisection thresholds were increased in back space relative to front space, where visual calibration information is unavailable, suggests that an internal representation of source location was used for the bisection task.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 00:24
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2024 03:10
DOI: 10.17863/cam.53012


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