What Are Auditory Objects?
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Our auditory experience involves the experience of auditory objects—sequences of distinct sounds, or parts of continuous sounds—that are experienced as grouped together into a single sound or “stream” of sounds. In this paper I argue that it is not possible to explain what it is to experience an auditory object as such—i.e. to experience a sequence of sounds as grouped—in purely auditory terms; rather, to experience an auditory object as such is to experience a sequence of sounds as having been (apparently) produced by the same source.
KeywordsFrequency Component Sound Source Auditory System Single Object Visual Experience
I would like to thank to Roberto Casati and an anonymous referee for comments. Research for this paper was supported by an AHRC research leave award.
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