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Master Handbook of Acoustics, Sixth Edition, 6th Edition by Ken C Pohlmann, F. Alton Everest

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CHAPTER 4

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The Perception of Sound

The study of the physical structure of the ear is a study in physiology. The study of human perception of sound is one of psychology and psychoacoustics. Psychoacoustics is an inclusive science embracing the physical structure of the ear, the sound pathways and their function, the human perception of sound, and the interrelationships of these. In many ways, psychoacoustics is the human basis for the entire field of audio engineering. Its role in the design of perceptual codecs such as MP3 and AAC is obvious, but psychoacoustics is also vital in architectural acoustics, telling us, for example, how a room’s sound ...

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