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Chapter 11.1-11.2

PSYCH 1XX3 Chapter 11.1-11.2: PSYCH 1XX3 - Module 11.1 & 11.2 Notes (Auditory Mechanisms)

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PSYCH 1XX3 Dr. Kim & Dr. Cadieux Module 11.1 & 11.2 – Audition (Auditory Mechanisms)  Is sound strictly a sensory process? o If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Sound Waves and Auditory Systems  The auditory system translates sound waves into audition. o The auditory system can translate sound waves from vibrating objects into the psychological experience of audition  Just like the visual system can interpret light waves to collect information about stimuli in the environment  Therefore, trees make sound waves, but auditory systems make audition o The sound waves themselves do not make sound unless an auditory system is present to translate those waves into a perceptual experience The Auditory Mechanisms of Different Species  Auditory mechanisms vary across species according to specific needs. o ie. Whether they live in water, land, or air o ie. Whether they need to communicate over long distances, or need to be able to receive high or low frequency sounds Sound Frequency  Species vary in the
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