TRAVELING WAVE

the wave of displacement across the basilar membrane which takes place whenever noise gets to the cochlea inside the inner ear. With regard to reaction to a pure tone, the instantaneous displacement of the basilar membrane seems to progress gradually from the basal end toward the apical opening.

TRAVELING WAVE: "Traveling waves can often be disrupted when noises and opposing tones clash."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "TRAVELING WAVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/traveling-wave/ (accessed February 19, 2020).
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