Frequency Masking Effects for Vertical Whole-Body Vibration for Seated Subjects

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Masking occurs when the perception of a stimulus is affected or covered by the presence of another signal in close proximity either in time or frequency. This study investigated frequency masking effects across a wide frequency range for whole-body vibration (WBV). The hypothesis that masking effects for WBV might be caused by sub-channels within the Pacinian channel was explored in two experiments. One experiment explored the masking effects of narrow band noise (NBN) on the perception threshold of sinusoidal vibrations; another explored the effect of different widths of NBN on the shift of the perception threshold for vertical vibration of seated subjects. The results show distinct masking effects for WBV based on frequency, albeit they do not support the existence of sub-channels within the Pacinian channel. Neither the typical masking effects associated with critical bands nor threshold shifts dependent on the bandwidth of the narrow band noise can be shown. Thus, the hypothesis does not appear to hold for WBV, but frequency masking must be considered for future studies and tactile applications.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-370
Number of pages14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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Scopus 85117371063