vision:audition::surfaces:sources (Michael Kubovy )

Subject: vision:audition::surfaces:sources
From:    Michael Kubovy  <mk9y(at)>
Date:    Wed, 12 Jul 2000 09:10:10 -0400

Dear Auditionists, Could anyone point me to the best authority to credit for the following rather obvious but neat symmetry between vision and audition? The auditory system is concerned with sources of sound, not with surfaces that reflect sound (we tend to discount the reverberant environment in identifying sources). For the visual system just the opposite is true: it is concerned with surfaces that reflect light, not with the sources that illuminate them (we tend to discount the illuminant in identifying objects). -- |\ /| / Michael Kubovy, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Virginia | \/ | / P.O.Box 400400, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400 | |/\ office (B011): 804-982-4729, lab (B019): -4751 | | \ Dept. fax: -4766; personal fax: 240-218-2334 | | \; FTP:

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