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  • 1 Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology H-1394 Budapest P.O. Box 398 Hungary
  • | 2 Budapest University of Technology and Economics Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics H-1117 Budapest Magyar tudósok krt. 2. Hungary
  • | 3 Russian Academy of Sciences Pavlov Institute of Physiology Makarova nab. 6 100034 St. Petersburg Russia
  • | 4 University of Leipzig Institute of Psychology Neumarkt 9–19 D-04109 Leipzig Germany
  • | 5 Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg Institute of Psychology Ammerländer Heerstr. 114–118 D-26129 Oldenburg Germany
  • | 6 Johns Hopkins University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 3400 North Charles Str. Baltimore MD 21218 USA
  • | 7 University of Cyprus Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering P.O. Box 20537 1678 Nicosia Cyprus
  • | 8 University of Plymouth Cognition Institute and School of Psychology Drake Circus Plymouth PL4 8AA UK
  • | 9 University of Szeged Institute of Psychology H-6722 Szeged Petőfi S. sgt. 30–34 Hungary
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The human auditory system is capable of grouping sounds originating from different sound sources into coherent auditory streams, a process termed auditory stream segregation. Several cues can influence auditory stream segregation, but the full set of cues and the way in which they are integrated is still unknown. In the current study, we tested whether auditory motion can serve as a cue for segregating sequences of tones. Our hypothesis was that, following the principle of common fate, sounds emitted by sources moving together in space along similar trajectories will be more likely to be grouped into a single auditory stream, while sounds emitted by independently moving sources will more often be heard as two streams. Stimuli were derived from sound recordings in which the sound source motion was induced by walking humans. Although the results showed a clear effect of spatial separation, auditory motion had a negligible influence on stream segregation. Hence, auditory motion may not be used as a primitive cue in auditory stream segregation.

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