Fakultät für Physik




Internally Coupled Ears (ICE): the cool part of sound localization

Prof. Leo van Hemmen (Physik-Department, Technische Universität München)

Datum:  02.11.2015 17:15 Uhr – 18:30 Uhr

Ort: Hörsaal 2, Physik-Department der TUM, Garching

Internally coupled ears, for short ICE, provide a powerful means of enhancing (in a direction-dependent fashion) the input difference between left and right ear due to an external sound source. ICE occurs in many animal groups, such as frogs, lizards, birds, and crocodilia. Two factors play a key role. First, the physical geometry of the air-filled cavity connecting the two ear drums. Second, the fundamental frequency and hence the elastic properties of the tympana connecting the outside auditory world with the air-filled interior connection. They determine how ICE and hence auditory processing work.