On the bistability of sine wave analogues of speech

Robert E. Remez, Jennifer S. Pardo, Rebecca L. Piorkowski, Philip E. Rubin

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Our studies revealed two stable modes of perceptual organization, one based on attributes of auditory sensory elements and another based on attributes of patterned sensory variation composed by the aggregation of sensory elements. In a dual-task method, listeners attended concurrently to both aspects, component and pattern, of a sine wave analogue of a word. Organization of elements was indexed by several single-mode tests of auditory form perception to verify the perceptual segregation of either an individual formant of a synthetic word or a tonal component of a sinusoidal word analogue. Organization of patterned variation was indexed by a test of lexical identification. The results show the independence of the perception of auditory and phonetic form, which appear to be differently organized concurrent effects of the same acoustic cause.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


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