Definition of psychoacoustics in US English:


plural noun

  • treated as singular The branch of psychology concerned with the perception of sound and its physiological effects.

    • ‘This is the science of psychoacoustics, which deals with the effects of sound on our nervous system.’
    • ‘Until recently, psychoacoustics has devoted more attention to the behaviour of the peripheral auditory system than to the details of cognitive processing.’
    • ‘Music is a multidimensional and hierarchical stimulus and can be explored from the psychoacoustics of a single tone to the perception of interrelationships between sections of large-scale works.’
    • ‘Psychoacoustics explains the subjective response to everything we hear. It is the ultimate arbitrator in acoustical concerns because it is only our response to sound that fundamentally matters.’