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Behavioural estimates of auditory filter widths in ferrets using notched-noise maskers
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Frequency selectivity is a fundamental property of hearing which affects almost all aspects of auditory processing. Here auditory filter widths at 1, 3, 7, and 10 kHz were estimated from behavioural thresholds using the notched-noise method [Patterson, Nimmo-Smith, Weber, and Milroy, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 72, 1788–1803 (1982)] in ferrets. The mean bandwidth was 21% of the signal frequency, excluding wider bandwidths at 1 kHz (65%). They were comparable although on average broader than equivalent measurements in other mammals (∼11%–20%), and wider than bandwidths measured from the auditory nerve in ferrets (∼18%). In non-human mammals there is considerable variation between individuals, species, and in the correspondence with auditory nerve tuning.
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