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Psychoacoustics: Facts and Models (Springer Series in Information Sciences) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-3540231592 ISBN-10: 3540231595 Edition: 3rd

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  • Series: Springer Series in Information Sciences (Book 22)
  • Hardcover: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 3rd edition (December 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540231595
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540231592
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugo Fastl is Professor of Technical Acoustics in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University München, Germany. He graduated 1969 in Music from the Academy of Music München, and 1970, 1974, and 1981 he earned at the Technical University München the degrees of Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing., and Dr.-Ing. habil., respectively. His research interests are basic psychoacoustics and its applications in fields like audio-communication, noise control, sound quality design, audiology, or music. In 1987 he was elected Guest Professor of Osaka University, Japan, and in 1990 he became a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is head of the committee "Auditory Acoustics" of the Society for Information Technology (ITG), and with the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) he is member of the Board of Directors, and Treasurer. In 1983 he won the Award of the Society for Information Technology (ITG), in 1991 the Research Award in Audiology of the Forschungsgemeinschaft Deutscher Hörgeräte-Akustiker, in 1998 the Research Award of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and in 2003 the Rayleigh Medal of the Institute of Acoustics (UK).

Eberhard Zwicker was one of the worlds top authorities in psychoacoustics. In his labs in Stuttgart and München he educated scientists and engineers who hold now key positions in basics and applications of (psycho-)acoustics. From his many honors, the Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America and the degree of Honorary Member of the Audio Engineering Society are among the more outstanding.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Rightmire on February 15, 2008
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The book was written by "the source" for Psychoacoustics and was, as such, incredibly informative and detailed in the information provided. With that said, it read like a series of research papers (which, for all intents and purposes, is what it is) without drawing significant conclusions. The data is provided, with small inferences made about conclusions within each section. The book is provided at the graduate level of previous knowledge about physics and the functioning of inner ear. If you're looking for detailed data on Psychoacoustics, this is a tremendous book. If you're looking for an undergraduate "textbook" on psychoacoustics and what that means regarding the understanding of hearing and the microstructural anatomy of the inner ear...you may be better off with one of the other textbooks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bogdan Kosanovic on November 17, 2010
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The third edition of this book is improved over the previous. I liked the fact that now you can listen to audio examples within the extra material that is provided for download from Springer. The CD-ROM actually is NOT included with the book, so do not make mistake to ask for replacement since you will not get the CD-ROM. You need to visit Springer web site that is printed on the front cover to download the CD-ROM material... You can then cut a CD if you wish.

Otherwise, this is one of the best books written on the general topic of psychoacoustics. Some parts may require good knowledge of Calculus and graduate level Physics for full understanding and to make use of the concepts in practice.
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The author made a good and indeed essential decision to include a CD of audio with the book. Inherent in the topic is a need to appreciate what the written text is about. The copious audio snippets greatly enhance the reader's appreciation of the subject.

The instructional level is suitable for an undergraduate or grad student. Minimal background in biology or acoustics is warranted.

The book also has some fascinating tidbits. Like the fact that a narrowband sound, centered around 8 kHz and emanating from a speaker positioned above the subject's head will cause her to perceive it as coming from in front of her ??! Wow. This surely must be an unintended artifact of evolution and the hardcoded hearing system.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. on December 14, 2012
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Excellent book about actual topic. No other comment needed. a a a a a a a a a a a
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