Find a friend and try this sound localization experiment.
What you need:
- A set of keys or a small bell
What to do:
- With a friend, choose a listener and a sound maker.
- Listener: close your eyes. Sound maker: jingle the keys (or ring the bell) in different spots around the listener—above their head, to their right and left, down low by their knees, etc.
- With eyes closed, the listener points to where the sound seems to come from.
Which locations are easier to pinpoint? Are sounds from the right or left easier to locate than sounds from above and below? Try covering one ear or tilting your head to see how this affects your ability to locate sounds.
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