AUDL 4007 January 2010
Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
Division of Psychology & Language Sciences, UCL
2 Wakefield Street
London WC1N 1PF
This unit will provide advanced training in aspects of auditory perception that are particularly relevant to understanding both normal and impaired auditory function. An emphasis will be placed on the fundamental aspects of hearing such as frequency analysis, temporal analysis, pitch perception, intensity perception and binaural processing. Also developed will be the role of central auditory processing.
The course is run in the second term only, on Thursday afternoons, starting on 14 January 2009.
There is no meeting on 18 February due to it being reading week, nor on 28 January.
The course comprises a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, laboratory sessions and tutorials.
Venue and scheduling:
All sessions start at 14:00 in
The lectures will usually be in Room B01, but in G10 on the 18th and 25th of March. We will typically move to B07 (the teaching laboratory) after the lecture.
|Stuart Rosen ||020 7679 7404 ||firstname.lastname@example.org ||course organiser |
|Steve Nevard ||020 7679 3156 ||email@example.com ||experimental officer |
|Dave Cushing ||020 7679 7400 ||firstname.lastname@example.org ||laboratory technician |
Plack C. (2005) The Sense of Hearing
- Gelfand, S. (2004) Hearing: An Introduction to Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, Fourth Edition, Revised and Expanded.
A nearly complete resource for anatomy, phsyiology and psychoacoustics. Especially good on the middle ear.
- Plomp, R. (2002) The Intelligent Ear, Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah New Jersey. A very accessible account of hearing.
- Moore, B.C.J. (1997). An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing, 4th ed., Academic Press. A very complete guide to the literature, but at an advanced level.
- Yost, W.A. (2007) Fundamentals of Hearing: An Introduction, 5th ed., Academic Press. A more elementary exposition. Particularly good on the anatomy & physiology.
Assessment for the BSc
You must pass the final exam to pass the course.
Assessment for the MSc
- 2 pieces of coursework, each worth 15% of the final mark (max 1000 words each),
both based on doing the work of a science journalist by summarising a chosen paper in a style suitable for a quality daily newspaper.
- A 2-hour written paper (70%)
- 1 piece of coursework (max 1000 words), analysing
a set of results from a very small-scale psychoacoustic study, focused on methodological issues.
- A written paper
The final exam for the BSc students will take place in the main exam period.
It will consist of a set of 6 essay type questions, of which you must answer 5.
This allows 24 mins/question.
Generally speaking, there is a straightforward question associated with one or more lecture topics,
as for the exams in 2009
The exam in 2007
was in a slightly different format.
Here are some example questions with tips for model answers
The exam format for the MSc students will be announced later.
Course work BSc
Write two articles for a lay audience summarizing the crucial results of a journal article relevant to this course,
in a style appropriate for a quality daily newspaper
The use of graphics and diagrams is more than welcome, but is not required.
Below you will find a few articles that might be appropriate, but please choose your own.
You must email the .pdf first so I can assess its suitability.
A good source of relevant papers can be found in the following journals, although other,more general journals, can sometimes have appropriate studies too (e.g., Nature and Science).
You can gain access to these through the UCL library page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ejournal/ejtitle.shtml
- Journal of the Acoustical Society of America in the Psychological Acoustics section. This is the pre-eminent journal in the field with a wide variety of studies concerning both normal and impaired hearing.
- Ear & Hearing Oriented more towards clinically-relevant issues.
- International Journal of Audiology
- JARO (Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology)
- Hearing Research
- Audiology & Neuro-otology
- Attention, Perception & Psychophysics (formerly known as Perception & Psychophysics )
The following are examples of articles that would be appropriate.
Note that you may need to read ahead of the syllabus for some topics.
- Baker, R. J. & Rosen,
S. (2002). Auditory filter nonlinearity in mild/moderate
hearing impairment. Journal of the
Acoustical Society of America, 111, 1330-1339.
Y. Y., Cruz, R., Jones, J. A., & Zeng, F. G.
(2004). Music perception with temporal cues in
acoustic and electric hearing. Ear
and Hearing, 25, 173-185.
- Musiek, F. E., Shinn, J. B., Jirsa, R., Bamiou, D. E., Baran, J. A., & Zaidan, E.
(2005). GIN (Gaps-In-Noise) test performance in subjects with confirmed
central auditory nervous system involvement. Ear and Hearing, 26, 608-618.
- Neuman, A. C., Haravon,
A., Sislian, N., & Waltzman,
S. B. (2007). Sound-direction identification with
bilateral cochlear implants. Ear
and Hearing, 28, 73-82.
- van Hoesel, R., Ramsden, R., & O'Driscoll, M.
(2002). Sound-direction identification, interaural
time delay discrimination, and speech intelligibility advantages in noise for a
bilateral cochlear implant user. Ear
and Hearing, 23, 137-149.
I. & Plack, C. J. (2005). Psychophysical
tuning curves at very high frequencies. Journal
of the Acoustical Society of America, 118, 2498-2506.
Your article should introduce the basic topic and discuss the motivation of the author(s) in doing the study.
Ensure you use language any reasonably well-educated person could understand.
Do not simply paraphrase (or outright plagiarise!) the author(s).
Unlike an article in the popular press, you should have a reference list.
An appropriate style can be found in this example
or this one
, from Nature News.
Again, use the library page to access the ejournal and locate the full article by date.
You will submit your work both in hard copy and by email.
Articles should be 1000 words or less, with the following absolutely crucial deadlines.
- 21 January: Choose a paper and email it to email@example.com for approval by 28 January
- 4 February: Hand in essay 1
- 11 February: Essay 1 returned with comments
- 25 February: Hand in final version of essay 1 to be marked
- 11 March: Choose and have approved a second paper (in a different topic area) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 18 March: Bring two hard copies (double-spaced) of essay 2 to the lab session, where fellow students will read them and give you feedback
- 25 March: Hand in final version of essay 2 to be marked
A pdf of these deadlines
can be found here
Course work MSc
Your piece of course work is focused on the nature of adaptive psychoacoustic tasks, and the interpretation of them.
Full details are given here.
You will submit your work both in hard copy and by email, with a copy of all your relevant files.
The course work is due 25 March 2010
Week by Week
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures will be given by Prof Stuart Rosen
Week 1: 14 January 2010: Introduction to the course, to psychophysical methods and signal detection theory
Chapters 1-3 in Plack summarise the basic aspects of acoustics, signals & systems you need to be familiar with.
Week 2: 21 January 2010: A review of peripheral auditory physiology
Read Ch 4 in Plack. More extensive, but similar material, can be found in Chaps 6-9 of Yost.
Week 3: 28 January 2010: No meeting due to Master Class
Week 4: 4 February 2010: Frequency selectivity / Intensity and loudness
Read Ch 5 & 6 in Plack.
Week 5: 11 February 2010: Pitch perception (Faulkner)
Read Ch 7 in Plack.
Reading Week: 18 February 2010
Week 6: 26 February 2010: Temporal resolution
Read Ch 8 in Plack.
Week 7: 4 March 2010: No meeting due to Master Class about Cochlear Implants
Week 8: 11 March 2010: Auditory Scene Analysis
Read Ch 10 in Plack, and this
Week 9: 18 March 2010: Psychoacoustics of hearing impairment
Week 10: 25 March 2010: Binaural hearing (Prof D McAlpine)
Read Ch 9 in Plack.
Term ends 26 March 2010
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