Musical Training Gives you ‘Super Ears’

A new study has concluded that musical training gives listeners better frequency selection abilities, particularly at higher frequencies. The study titled ‘Psychophysical auditory filter estimates reveal sharper cochlear tuning in musicians’ (J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, EL33 (2014);) suggested that “Increased cochlear tuning (i.e., auditory filter resolution) in musicians would help explain their enhanced pitch

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Illusion Songs

Illusion Songs is a great collection of auditory illusions demonstrating some of the curious ways that our brains perceive sound through the study of psychoacoustics.  The collection includes Shepard Tones/Risset scales, which appear to be forever increasing in pitch, and various demonstrations of streaming, which shows how our brain collects and groups audio information together.

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