History

Timeline (from “ASA at 75”)

Psychological and Physiological Acoustics (from ASA 75th Anniversary Publication)

Introduction, by Virginia M. Richards
Psychoacoustics and the Acoustical Society of America, by Ira J. Hirsh
The History of Physiological Acoustics, by Murray B. Sachs
P&P Timeline and Awards

  • 1928:  Founding meeting of ASA
  • 1929:  First volume of JASA
  • 1930:  Measurement of “auditory impulses” (Wever and Bray)
  • 1931:  Estimate of just detectable changes in frequency (Shower and Biddulph)
  • 1933:  Estimate of absolute threshold (Sivian and White)
  • 1938:  Pitch of the Residue; evaluating the role of temporal analysis in pitch perception (Schouten)
  • 1943:  Physiological tuning curves (probably cochlear nucleus, Galambos and Davis)
  • 1948:  Binaural Unmasking (Hirsch)
  • 1953:  Elucidation of the “Cocktail-party” problems (Cherry)
  • 1961:  Georg von Békésy awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine “for his discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea.”
  • 1965-68:  Measurement of auditory nerve fiber responses and cochlear nonlinearity (Kiang, Rose, Sachs, Goldstein)
  • 1966:  Estimate of head-related transfer function (human, Shaw)
  • 1966:  Signal Detection Theory emerges as an important experimental psychology tool (e.g. Green and Swets)
  • 1968:  Afferent innervations of inner ear described (Spoendlin)
  • 1970:  First direct recording from hair cells (Weiss et al.)
  • 1971:  Measurement of basilar membrane resonance curves (Rhode)
  • 1972:  Psychophysical evidence for spectral suppression (Houtgast)
  • 1975:  Standardization of loudness calculation procedures (ISO 532)
  • 1978:  Measurement of otoacoustic emissions (Kemp)
  • 1985:  Demonstration of electromotility (Brownell et al.)
  • 2000:  Elucidation of the mechanism of outer hair cell electromotility (Zheng et al.)

 

Past Chairs of the Technical Committee on
Psychological and Physiological Acoustics

  • 1960-61:  William D. Neff
  • 1961-62:  James P. Egan
  • 1962-64:  Jozef J. Zwislocki
  • 1964-67:  John A. Swets
  • 1967-69:  Mosie H. Goldstein
  • 1969-71:  David M. Green
  • 1971-73:  Peter J. Dallos
  • 1973-75:  Irwin Pollack
  • 1975-77:  Juergen Tonndorf
  • 1977-79:  Joseph L. Hall
  • 1979-81:  Charles S. Watson
  • 1981-84:  Joseph E. Hind
  • 1984-87:  Frederic L. Wightman
  • 1987-90:  Donald C. Teas
  • 1990-93:  William A. Yost
  • 1993-96:  Ervin R. Hafter
  • 1996-99:  Donna L. Neff
  • 1999-02:  Neal F. Viemeister
  • 2002-05:  Virginia M. Richards
  • 2005-08:  Elizabeth A. Strickland
  • 2008-11:  Andrew J. Oxenham
  • 2011-14:  Michael G. Heinz

 

Past ASA Awards in
Psychological and Physiological Acoustics