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Can introspection teach us anything about the perception of sounds? [Book review]


Sauter,  Disa
Comparative Cognitive Anthropology, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Sauter, D. (2010). Can introspection teach us anything about the perception of sounds? [Book review]. Perception, 39, 1300-1302. doi:10.1068/p3909rvw.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-C7F0-2
Reviews the book, Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays edited by Matthew Nudds and Casey O'Callaghan (2010). This collection of thought-provoking philosophical essays contains chapters on particular aspects of sound perception, as well as a series of essays focusing on the issue of sound location. The chapters on specific topics include several perspectives on how we hear speech, one of the most well-studied aspects of auditory perception in empirical research. Most of the book consists of a series of essays approaching the experience of hearing sounds by focusing on where sounds are in space. An impressive range of opinions on this issue is presented, likely thanks to the fact that the book's editors represent dramatically different viewpoints. The wave based view argues that sounds are located near the perceiver, although the sounds also provide information about objects around the listener, including the source of the sound. In contrast, the source based view holds that sounds are experienced as near or at their sources. The editors acknowledge that additional methods should be used in conjunction with introspection, but they argue that theories of perceptual experience should nevertheless respect phenomenology. With such a range of views derived largely from the same introspective methodology, it remains unresolved which phenomenological account is to be respected.