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psy·cho·a·cous·tics

 (sī′kō-ə-ko͞o′stĭks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The scientific study of the perception of sound.

psy′cho·a·cous′tic, psy′cho·a·cous′ti·cal adj.

psychoacoustics

(ˌsaɪkəʊəˈkuːstɪks)
n
(Psychology) (functioning as singular) psychol the study of the relationship between sounds and their physiological and psychological effects

psychoacoustics

the study of the relationship between sounds and their perception by the listener, especially with regard to how the perception depends on the physical characteristics of the sound rather than on the mind of the listener. — psychoacoustician, n. — psychoacoustic, adj.
See also: Sound
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