Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 182–186 | Cite as

Localization of sound in the vertical plane with and without high-frequency spectral cues

  • Robert A. Butler
  • Richard A. Humanski


Binaural localization of 3.0-kHz high- and lowpass noise presented in the median vertical plane (MVP) and lateral vertical plane (LVP) was investigated. We anticipated superior performance when localizing the highpass noise hy virtue of the availability of pinna cues. The viability of this supposition was strengthened by monaural localization tests in which performance proficiency for the highpass noise exceeded that for the lowpass noise (p < .01). The main result showed that binaural localization of proficiency for highpass noise surpassed that for lowpass noise for all listening conditions (p < .01). However, the importance of binaural temporal and level differences in vertical-plane localization was demonstrated by the highly respectable performances when the lowpass noise was presented in the LVP. Data from binaural localization in the MVP and monaural localization in the LVP suggested that the influence of pinna cues diminishes for source elevations above 45°.


Sound Source Listening Condition Noise Burst Location Judgment Minimum Audible Angle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Butler
    • 1
  • Richard A. Humanski
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Surgery and PsychologyUniversity of ChicagoChicago

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