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An Unexpected Effect in Sound Localization


WHILE sound localization by human subjects with unobstructed ears has been extensively explored, little is known of the effects of headgear on this function. Evidence from unpublished work on arctic headwear suggests that localization may be affected independently of threshold sensitivity; and following work on the Army ‘combat cap’ which failed to show any threshold changes due to the cap (Holding, D. H., and Dennis, J. P., unpublished Ministry of Supply Report, 1955), it was decided to investigate the effect of wearing the cap on the localization of pure 1,000 c./s. tones.

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HOLDING, D., DENNIS, J. An Unexpected Effect in Sound Localization. Nature 180, 1471–1472 (1957).

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