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Comodulation masking release in an off-frequency masking paradigm



Comodulation masking release in an off-frequency masking paradigm



Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 138(2): 1194-1205



Detection threshold of a sinusoidal signal masked by a broadband masker is lower when on- and off-frequency masker components have a correlated envelope, compared to a condition in which these masker components have different envelopes. This effect is commonly referred to as comodulation masking release (CMR). The present study investigated if there is a CMR in the absence of a masker component at the signal frequency, i.e., in an off-frequency masking paradigm. Thresholds were measured for a 500-Hz signal in the presence of a broadband masker with a spectral notch at the signal frequency. Thresholds were significantly lower for a (co-)modulated than for an unmodulated masker for all notch widths up to 400 Hz. An additional experiment showed that the particularly large CMR for the no-notch condition was due to the way the modulated masker was generated. No CMR was measured when the notched-noise masker was replaced by a pair of narrowband noises. The addition of more remote masker bands resulted in a CMR of about 3-4 dB. The notched-noise data were predicted on the basis of a modulation-filterbank model. The predictions of the narrowband noise conditions indicated that all mechanisms underlying CMR might still not be fully understood.

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Accession: 057453747

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PMID: 26328732

DOI: 10.1121/1.4928134


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