Adults, but not children, benefit from a pretrial signal cue in a random-frequency, two-tone masker

Angela Yarnell Bonino, Lori J. Leibold

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This study examined the benefit of a pretrial cue, a preview of the signal, on children's (5-10 years) and adults' detection of a 1000-Hz pure-tone signal in a broadband noise or a random-frequency, two-tone masker. No cuing effect was observed with the noise masker, regardless of listener age. In contrast, all but one adult benefited from the cue with the two-tone masker (average9.4 dB). Most children showed no cuing effect (average0.1 dB) with the two-tone masker. These results suggest that, unlike adults, the provision of a pretrial cue does not promote frequency-selective listening during detection for 5- to 10-year-olds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL8-EL13
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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