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steeping up the wave(s)

Dear List,

Probably, everybody of us will agree: The spectrogram is nice, but . . .

On the one hand, understanding of auditory function is growing too slowly.
On the other hand, your time is too precious as to be lost in nitty-gritty

For this dilemma, Al Bregman suggested that altruistic individuals like
Jont, Andrew, and me might carry a piece of that burden. Jont recently
announced a sublist on modeling of cochlea mechanics. You might also accept
my supplementary offer at http://iesk.et.uni-magdeburg.de

Please click on AUDITORY FUNCTION and read the objective first. I would
like to attract particularly those who are not just unhappy with the
traditional dominance of mechanics but also able to contribute for decisive
solutions ranging from neuroscience to signal processing. Some of them are
already receiving copies of meanwhile 12 messages after I got their OK in
the subject of a message, mailto:blumschein@et.uni-magdeburg.de  Nobody
sent END. Alternatively, you can check my home for archived MESSAGES on a
regular basis.

Currently we are dealing with the origin of critical bandwidth (M8, M10),
the hidden temporal code (M12), and some other subjects (M9). I will also
take the opportunity to explain what I consider tricky in Matt's question
on the definition of the cochleogram. As I expressed in the subject of this
message, not just shock waves may develop a steep front. The same is also
true for the response of basilar membrane and to some extent in the
response of A1. Of course, the physical reasons are quite different each
time. However, even if we agree that the traveling wave is not based on
energy propagation along basilar membrane, we must not neglect presently
not understood possibilities of lateral coupling on it. Well, I have
already to apologize for initiating too much controversy at this list. So,
you may further trace this idea at my home.