Temporal Processing: Observations on the Psychophysics and Modeling of Temporal Integration and Temporal Resolution

  • Neal F. Viemeister
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 50)


Temporal processing is a fundamental aspect of audition. It underlies the basis for auditory communication in virtually all species, including us. This chapter offers a personal perspective on the two most studied aspects of temporal processing: integration and resolution. Some of the issues raised in this chapter are technical and in the broader scheme of things—understanding auditory perception—are relatively minor. I have attempted to raise some general issues, such as the usefulness of the familiar fixed filterbank model or whether the system could be described better in terms of dynamic frequency selectivity. The intent is to be constructively provocative and perhaps help to understand this fundamental aspect of hearing better.


Amplitude Modulation Cochlear Implant Temporal Integration Voice Onset Time Auditory Nerve Fiber 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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