Hearing What is Reachable
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Research in auditory distance perception suggests that humans are not particularly accurate in judging sound source distance (see Middlebrooks & Green, 1991 for a review). Much of auditory distance research involves testing impoverished stimuli (e.g., sine-waves, white noise), in impoverished environments (anechoic sound booths) using unfamiliar tasks for subject judgments (e.g., judging absolute distance in meters or feet). The question arises: How might listeners perform if tested in a more natural context?