The synthetic-analytic listening task for modulated signals

William A. Yost, Raymond H. Dye, Stanley Sheft

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The synthetic-analytic listening task (SALT) developed by Dye and colleagues [Dye et al., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 96, 2720-2731 (1994)] was applied to a task in which an amplitude-modulated tonal carrier was presented as a target during the standard stimulus. The standard stimulus was followed by a test stimulus in which the target along with another amplitude-modulated carrier (the distractor) was presented. The listener determined if in the test stimulus, the target (which was presented along with the distractor) was higher or lower in modulation depth than when the target was presented alone as the standard stimulus. The target and distractor were either 1- or 4-kHz carriers modulated at one of ten depths of modulation during the test stimulus at modulation rates ranging from 4 to 64 Hz. SALT was used to estimate the relative weight listeners assigned to the target and distractor as a function of the difference between their modulation rates, both for target carrier frequencies above and for target carrier frequencies below the distractor carrier frequency. When the target and distractor were modulated at the same rate, the target and distractor weights were equal, indicating synthetic listening. When the target and distractor differed in modulation rate, the listener gave more weight to the target suggesting a form of analytic listening. The result demonstrate the applicability of SALT to studies of modulation and reinforce the claim that different spectral components modulated with the same modulation pattern are processed synthetically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-655
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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