Indiana University Bloomington

Willliam P. Shofner

Willliam P. Shofner

A.B., Indiana University-Northwest, 1977
M.S., University of Illinois, 1979
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1983
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Email address: wshofner(at)

Research Interests

My research interests are is concerned with the mechanisms in which complex sounds are processed in the mammalian auditory system. The research involves both animal psychophysical and neurophysiological studies. Currently, we are interested in the temporal processing of complex sounds, particularly complex tones and iterated rippled noises, as related to the perception of pitch. I also serve as an Associate Editor, Physiological Acoustics, for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Representative Publications

Shofner, W.P., and Niemiec, A.J. (2010). Comparative psychoacoustics. In The Oxford University Press Handbook of Auditory Science: Auditory Perception, (ed.) Christopher Plack, pp. 145-176.

Yost, W., and Shofner, W. (2009). Critical bands and critical ratios in animal psychoacoustics: An example using chinchilla data. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 125: 315-323.

Shofner, W.P. (2008). Representation of the spectral dominance region of pitch in the temporal discharge patterns of cochlear nucleus units. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 124: 3038-3052.

Shofner, W.P., Yost, W.A., and Whitmer, W.M. (2007). Pitch perception in chinchillas: Stimulus generalization using rippled noise. Journal of Comparative Psychology 121: 428-439.

Shofner, W.P., and Whitmer, W.M. (2006). Pitch cue learning in chinchillas: The role of spectral region in the training stimulus. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 120: 1706-1712.

Shofner, W.P., Whitmer, W.M., and Yost, W.A. (2005). Listening experience with iterated rippled noise alters the perception of 'pitch' strength of complex sounds in the chinchilla. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 118: 3187-3197.

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