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Neuhoff, J G; Planisek, R; Seifritz, E (2009). Adaptive sex differences in auditory motion perception: looming sounds are special. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(1):225-234.
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In 4 experiments, the authors examined sex differences in audiospatial perception of sounds that moved toward and away from the listener. Experiment 1 showed that both men and women underestimated the time-to-arrival of full-cue looming sounds. However, this perceptual bias was significantly stronger among women than among men. In Experiment 2, listeners estimated the terminal distance of sounds that approached but stopped before reaching them. Women perceived the looming sounds as closer than did men. However, in Experiment 3, with greater statistical power, the authors found no sex difference in the perceived distance of sounds that traveled away from the listener, demonstrating a sex-based specificity for auditory looming perception. Experiment 4 confirmed these results using equidistant looming and receding sounds. The findings suggest that sex differences in auditory looming perception are not due to general differences in audiospatial ability, but rather illustrate the environmental salience and evolutionary importance of perceiving looming objects. Copyright 2009 APA, all rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Affective Disorders and General Psychiatry Zurich East|
|DDC:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||09 Mar 2010 12:02|
|Last Modified:||12 Dec 2012 06:04|
|Publisher:||American Psychological Association|
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