Influence of Auditory Selective Attention on Word Intelligibility

Ryo Teraoka, Shuichi Sakamoto, Zhenglie Cui, Yoiti Suzuki, Satoshi Shioiri

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Auditory selective attention plays a key role in the cocktail party effect. There are many factors that influence this effect. Despite its importance, it is still unclear as to how auditory spatial attention distinguishes a target sound from others. In this study, we investigate how auditory spatial information affects word intelligibility in complex acoustic scenes. To simulate such scenes, a target sound is presented among spatially distributed non-targeted ones. By introducing beforehand, the listener's auditory spatial attention is attracted to a specific loudspeaker from which target speech sounds are presented. This is done to examine how attention causes word intelligibility to increase and how large the spatial extent of the effect is. The results show that word intelligibility increases approximately 15% when the target sound is presented from a specific direction. Furthermore, word intelligibility decreases as the angular distance from the specific direction increases. This pattern shows the spread of the effects of auditory spatial attention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 Joint Conference - Acoustics, Acoustics 2018
EditorsJacek Marszal, Iwona Kochanska
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538671146
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 22
Event2018 Joint Conference - Acoustics, Acoustics 2018 - Ustka, Poland
Duration: 2018 Sep 112018 Sep 14

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2018 Joint Conference - Acoustics, Acoustics 2018


Other2018 Joint Conference - Acoustics, Acoustics 2018


  • auditory scene analysis
  • auditory spatial attention
  • cocktail party effect
  • speech perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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