Plomp's Aspects of Tone Sensation--published 25 years ago--dealt with the psychophysics of simple and complex tones. Since that time, auditory perception as a field of study has undergone a radical metamorphosis. Technical and methodological innovations, as well as a considerable increase in attention to the various aspects of auditory experience, have changed the picture profoundly. This book is an attempt to account for this development by giving a comprehensive survey of the present state of the art as a whole. Perceptual aspects of hearing, particularly of understanding speech as the main auditory input signal, are thoroughly reviewed.
"Overall, this is an impressive book. …Plomp has drawn together a wide range of material and presented it in a well-organized and integrated way. He offers clear and forthright interpretations of the experimental evidence, and leads the reader inevitably to accept his conclusion that the ear is indeed highly intelligent."
—The International Journal of Audiology
"He [Plomp] has been successful in combining results from past research studies in both the areas of speech production and perception, as well as in daily hearing experience, and in describing the selectivity and 'smartness' of the human auditory system. With the help of highly descriptive graphical and tabular representations, the author illustrates some of the complicated hearing experiments in a simple and understandable manner. An excellent book for readers involved in disciplines related to hearing science such as psycholinguistics, speech science, hearing science, and neuroscience. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals."
Contents: Preface. Introduction. The Perception of Single Sounds. The Perception of Multiple Sounds. Speech Perception 1: The Quest for Speech Units. Speech Perception 2: The Intelligibility of Fluent Speech. Hearing Research in Perspective.