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The Bandwidth of Human Perception and its Implications for Pro Audio

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Locked away inside its shell, the brain has ever only learned about the world through our five primary senses. With them, we just receive  a fraction of the information actually available, while we perceive  far less still. A fraction of a fraction: The perceptual bandwidth. Conscious perception is furthermore subject to 400 ms of latency, and associated with a temporal grey-zone that can only be tapped into via reflexes or training. Based on a broad review of physiological, clinical and psychological research, the paper proposes three types of listening strategies we should distinguish between; not only in our daily lives, but also when conducting subjective tests: Easy listening, trained listening, and slow listening.

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