Psychophysical and Neurophysiological Data on the Sound Source Perception

  • J. A. Altman


Directional hearing has been studied intensively for a long time. As yet, only a few papers have dealt with the characteristics of the sound movement perception. It was shown in free field investigations that the perceived minimal shift of the moving sound source amounted to 2–4 degrees (Harris and Sergeant, 1971). When the velocity of the sound source movement was from 60 to 360 degrees/s, the detection threshold for the sound source movement rose from 5 to 20 degrees/s (Perrot and Musicant, 1977) .


Sound Source Auditory Cortex Movement Perception Interaural Time Difference Body Scheme 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Aitkin, L. M. and Boyd, J., 1975, Responses of single units in cerebellar vermis of the cat to monaural and binaural stimuli, J. Neurophysiol., 38: 418–429.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Altman, J. A., 1968, Are there neurons detecting direction of sound source motion?, Exp. Neurol., 22: 13–25.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Altman, J. A., 1975, Neurophysiological mechanisms of auditory localization, UCLA, Los Angeles.Google Scholar
  4. Altman, J. A. and Radionova, E. A., 1973, Responses of neurons from the auditory area of the cerebellar vermis to monaural and binaural stimulation, Bull. Exp. Biol. Med., 4: 11–15. (in Russian).Google Scholar
  5. Altman, J. A., Bechterev, N. N., Radionova, E. A., Shmigidina, G. N. and Syka, J., 1976, Electrical responses of the auditory area of the cerebellar cortex to acoustic stimulation, Exp. Brain Res., 26: 285–296.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Altman, J. A. and Viskov, O. V., 1977, Discrimination of perceived movement velocity for fused auditory image in dichotic stimulation, J. Acoust. Soc. Amer., 61: 816–819.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Altman, J. A., Balonov, L. J. and Deglin, V. L., 1979a, Effect of unilateral disorder of the brain hemisphere function in man on directional hearing, Neuropsychologia, 17: 295–301.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Altman, J. A., Rosenblum, A. S. and Lvova, V. G., 1979b, Perception of moving auditory images by patients with temporal lobe damages, Human Physiol., 5: 55–63. (in Russian).Google Scholar
  9. Blauert, J., 1972, On the lag of lateralization caused by interaural time and intensity differences, Audiology, 11: 265–270.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Erulkar, S. D., 1972, Comparative aspects of spatial localization of sound, Physiol. Rev., 52: 237–360.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. Grantham, D. W. and Wightman, F. L., 1978, Detectability of varying interaural temporal differences, J. Acoust. Soc. Amer., 63: 511–523.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Harris, J. D. and Sergeant, R. L., 1971, Monaural/binaural minimum audible angle for a moving sound source, J. Speech Hear. Res., 14: 618–629.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. Hécaen, H., 1969, Aphasic, apraxic and agnostic syndromes in right and left hemisphere lesions, in: “Handbook of Clin. Neurol.”, vol. 3–4, F. G. Finken and G. W. Brujn, eds., pp. 291–311, Elsevier, Amsterdam-N.-Y.Google Scholar
  14. Hubel, D. H. and Wiesel, T. N., 1959, Receptive fields of single neurons in the cat’s striate cortex, J. Physio1., 148: 574–591.Google Scholar
  15. Perrot, D. R. and Musicant, A. D., 1977, Minimum auditory movement angle: binaural localization of moving sound sources, J, Acoust. Soc. Amer., 62: 1463–1466.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Romanov, V. P., 1980, Scaling of the sound source movement perception in dichotic stimulation, Human Physiol., 6: 712–714.Google Scholar
  17. Sovijärvi, A. R. A., 1973, Single neuron responses to complex and moving sounds in the primary auditory cortex of the cat. Academic dissertation, University of Helsinki, Helsinki.Google Scholar
  18. Stevens, S. S., 1957, On the psychophysical law, Psychol. Rev., 64: 153–181.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Viskov, O. V., 1975, The perception of the fused auditory image movement, Human Physiol., 1: 371–376. (in Russian).Google Scholar
  20. Wolfe, J. N., 1972, Responses of the cerebellar auditory area to pure tone stimuli, Exp. Neurol., 36: 295–309.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Altman
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Hearing Physiology, I. P. Pavlov Institute of PhysiologyAcademy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R.LeningradU.S.S.R.

Personalised recommendations