Listening to speech in the presence of other sounds

Darwin, C J (2008) Listening to speech in the presence of other sounds. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 363 (1493). pp. 1011-1021. ISSN 1471-2970

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Abstract

Although most research on the perception of speech has been conducted with speech presented without any competing sounds, we almost always listen to speech against a background of other sounds which we are adept at ignoring. Nevertheless, such additional irrelevant sounds can cause severe problems for speech recognition algorithms and for the hard of hearing as well as posing a challenge to theories of speech perception. A variety of different problems are created by the presence of additional sound sources: detection of features that are partially masked, allocation of detected features to the appropriate sound sources and the recognition of sounds on the basis of partial information. The separation of sounds is arousing substantial attention in psychoacoustics and in computer science. An effective solution to the problem of separating sounds would have important practical applications.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Christopher John Darwin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:53
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2012 11:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14890
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