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date: 07 July 2020

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Audition is the process by which organisms use sound to derive information about the world. This chapter aims to provide a bird’s-eye view of contemporary audition research, spanning systems and cognitive neuroscience as well as cognitive science. The author provides brief overviews of classic areas of research as well as some central themes and advances from the past ten years. The chapter covers the sound transduction of the cochlea, subcortical and cortical anatomical and functional organization of the auditory system, amplitude modulation and its measurement, adaptive coding and plasticity, the perception of sound sources (with a focus on the classic research areas of location, loudness, and pitch), and auditory scene analysis (including sound segregation, streaming, filling in, and reverberation perception). The chapter concludes with a discussion of where hearing research seems to be headed at present.

Keywords: sound transduction, auditory system anatomy, modulation, adaptation, plasticity, pitch perception, auditory scene analysis, sound segregation, streaming, reverberation

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