Psychoacoustics and Auditory Neuroscience
The Neuroscience of Hearing 2023-24
School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
Week 5 – The physics of sound (last week of September)
Week 6 – Auditory physiology
Week 7– Perceptual experience of physical properties of sound
Week 8 – Auditory object perception
Week 9 – Comparative audition
Week 10 – Reading week; Oral Presentations
Week 11 – Voice production and perception
Week 12 – Vocal and facial attractiveness
Week 13 – Vocal emotion and accent perception
Week 14 – Music perception
Week 15 – When hearing goes wrong…
Week 16 - Online MCQ exam
January Assessment (Week 20 or 21) - Final exam
Week 1 – The physics of sound
Week 2 – Auditory physiology
Week 3 – Perceptual experience of physical properties of sound
Week 4 – Auditory object perception
Week 5 – Comparative audition
Week 6 – No lecture but Oral Presentations
Week 7 – Voice production and perception
Week 8 – Vocal and facial attractiveness
Week 9 – Vocal emotion and accent perception
Week 10 – Music perception
Week 11 – When hearing goes wrong…
Threshold - Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.
Good - Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material.
Excellent - Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.
- Apply peer assessment skills to oral presentations of fellow students.
- Compare and contrast visual and auditory perception using current knowledge on face and voice perception as examples.
- Compare, contrast and appreciate the different techniques and approaches available to the investigation of auditory perception as well as understand their limitations.
- Describe the chain of events from sound waves to entering the ear, to the processing of acoustic information by the brain and be aware of the controversies and theories that surround this process.
- Give a critical presentation of a research article to peer-assessing fellow students.
- Understand how pitch and timbre contribute to auditory object recognition.
- Understand how the auditory system perceives pitch, loudness, timbre and sound location.
Critique of a research article (oral presentation)
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
Online MCQ test