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6.551J / HST.714J Acoustics of Speech and Hearing, Fall 2004

Three friends chat at a coffee shop.
Three friends chat at a coffee shop. (Image courtesy of LotusHead and stock.xchng.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features extensive lecture notes, as well as complete sets of assignments and laboratory exercises in the labs section.

Course Description

The Acoustics of Speech and Hearing is an H-Level graduate course that reviews the physical processes involved in the production, propagation and reception of human speech. Particular attention is paid to how the acoustics and mechanics of the speech and auditory system define what sounds we are capable of producing and what sounds we can sense. Areas of discussion include:
  1. the acoustic cues used in determining the direction of a sound source,
  2. the acoustic and mechanical mechanisms involved in speech production and
  3. the acoustic and mechanical mechanism used to transduce and analyze sounds in the ear.


Prof. Louis Braida
Prof. John Rosowski
Prof. Christopher Shera
Prof. Kenneth Stevens

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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