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Some factors influencing comodulation masking release and across-channel masking



Some factors influencing comodulation masking release and across-channel masking



Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 98(5 Pt 1): 2504-2514



The purpose of this study was to determine whether comodulation masking release (CMR) and across-channel masking (ACM) are by-products of a similar across-channel mechanism. This was addressed by examining how the two are affected by stimulus manipulations expected to influence their magnitude. Subjects were required to detect a 1000-Hz signal in the presence of a masker that consisted of a 1000-Hz (on-frequency) component alone or that component and up to six flanking components (500, 600, 700, 1300, 1400, and 1500 Hz). The on-frequency and flanking components typically were sinusoidally amplitude modulated at 10 Hz, although not necessarily in phase with one another. In experiment 1, the amount of CMR and ACM was highly influenced by whether the signal consisted of one or three 50-ms tone bursts; in fact, ACM was only observed when the signal was a train of three 50-ms tone bursts. In experiments 2 and 3, CMR tended to increase as the modulation depth or the number of flanking components increased, whereas ACM was relatively unaffected by these manipulations. In addition, ACM was observed under dichotic situations, whereas CMR was not. Taken together, the results suggest that ACM and CMR may be mediated by different mechanisms.

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PMID: 7593933

DOI: 10.1121/1.413216


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