Creating and validating a tunable test of cocktail-party listening

One of the primary long-term goals of the research group is to understand behavioural and neural factors that predict cocktail-party listening success on an individual-by-individual basis. The goal of this research project is to develop and validate a psychophysical task to measure auditory scene analysis abilities within the framework of the group’s focus on rhythmic features of sounds. First, we test the effect of spatial separation on auditory scene analysis (one of the strongest cues for auditory stream segregation) as a basic proof of principle.