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Produced Feature Films:
Clickbait (2019) horror-comedy social-satire |  Blood of the Tribades (2017) - 1970s-style Euro-vampire  |  Magnetic (2016) - cerebral sci-fi  |  TEN (2015) - avant-mystery

My short Story, "The Unnaturals" has been published in Hydra Publications' anthology Dystopian Express!

It is a prose rewrite of the opening segment of a screenplay that we are writing/developing. In it, I tell the story of citizen Serug 99 as he goes for his weekly "confession" at church, a process that involves uploading all of the week's memories for review by the priest.

Our working synopsis of the film, which we hope to someday get a chance to make:
In a bleak, dystopian society where religion, government, and media have merged, a law-enforcement unit is tasked with hunting down "unnatural" citizens to maintain the full conformity and unity of the citizenry.

I originally met many of the fine folks involved with this at The Imaginarium Convention, which was a great gathering! Check it out!

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Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe can not only help you raise money to fund your idea or cause, they can also help you establish a community of enthusiastic supporters. This crowdfunding book will show you how.

Crowdfunding Basics in 30 Minutes was also a finalist in the Foreword INDIES competition and it was included on this list of 9 essential crowdfunding books!

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HEARING SCIENCE

Michael has been doing hearing science research since 1998 and has written numerous publications and made conference presentations on auditory physiology and perception.

Recent News:

Michael co-authors journal article on "hidden hearing loss"

PLOS ONE published the findings (full text available, open access) Additional Press: Scientific American, Medical Daily, Science Daily, Neuroscience News, Pubniche, EurekAlert, Agein, Psypost, Ooyuz, Audiology World News, The Herald (UK), Express (UK), Hearing Like Me, The Doctor Will See You Now From the Mass Eye and Ear press release: In a study of young adults who may regularly overexpose their ears to loud sounds, a research team led by Stéphane Maison, Ph.D, showed a significant correlation between performance on a speech-in-noise test and an electrophysiological measure of the health of the auditory nerve.

Michael J. Epstein previously directed the Auditory Modeling and Processing Laboratory (AMPLab). His focus is on bridging the gap between physiological representations of loudness and perceptual loudness in human listeners, improving loudness-measurement methodologies, and expanding loudness modeling to include complex contextual effects.

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Book Chapters

Epstein, M. (2010) “Correlates of Loudness,” Springer Handbook of Auditory Research: Loudness, ed. M. Florentine, Arthur Popper and Richard Fay (Springer).[info]

Epstein, M. and Marozeau, J. (2010) “Loudness and Intensity Coding,” The Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science, ed.C. Plack (Oxford University Press), pp 45-69. (This 3-volume book series was the winner of the George Davey Howells Prize for 2010, for most distinguished published contribution to the advancement of Otalaryngology, presented by the Royal Society of Medicine) [info]

Refereed articles

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2012) “Binaural loudness summation for speech with and without visual cues presented via earphones and loudspeakers,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131 (5), 3981-8. PMID: 22559371 [PDF]

Silva, I. and Epstein, M. (2012)  “Objective estimation of loudness growth in hearing-impaired listeners,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131 (1), 353-62. PMID: 22280597 [PDF]

Kong, Y-Y, Mullangi, A., Marozeau, J., and Epstein, M. (2011) “Temporal and Spectral Cues for Musical Timbre Perception in Electric Hearing,” Ear and Hearing 54(3):981-94. PMID: 21060140 [PDF]

Epstein, M., Marozeau, J., and Cleveland, S. (2010) “Listening Habits of iPod Users,” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 53(6):1472-7. PMID: 20689029

Silva, I. and Epstein, M. (2010) “Estimating loudness growth from tone-burst evoked responses,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 127, 3629-42. PMID: 20550262 [PDF]

Epstein, M. and Silva, I. (2009) “Analysis of parameters for the estimation of loudness from tone-burst otoacoustic emissions,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 125 (6), 3855-3864. PMID: 19507968

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2009) “Binaural Loudness Summation for Speech and Tones Presented via Earphones and Loudspeakers,” Ear and Hearing 30(2), 234-237.  (Also selected as “Most Thought Provoking Article of 2009” in ‘Hearing Journal:  June 2010 - Volume 63 - Issue 6 - pp 22,24,26’ – “The Best of 2009: Hearing Aids” by Mueller, G.H. and the “All-Around Favorite” article of 2009 in ‘Hearing Journal:  June 2010 - Volume 63 - Issue 6 - pp 34-36’ – “The Best of 2009: Hearing Science” by Hood, L.J.)
PMID: 19194294

Marozeau, J.  and Epstein, M. (2008) “Induced Loudness Reduction as function of frequency difference between test tone and inducer,” Perception and Psychophysics 70(4), 725-731. PMID: 18556934 [PDF]

Epstein, M. (2007) "An introduction to induced loudness reduction," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 122 (3), EL74-80. PMID: 17927311 [PDF]

Marozeau, J., Epstein, M., Florentine, M., and Daley, B. (2006)  “A test of the  Binaural Equal-Loudness-Ratio Hypothesis for tones,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 120(6), 3870-3877. PMID: 17225414

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) “Reaction time to 1- and 4-kHz tones as a   function of sensation level in normal listeners,” Ear and Hearing. 27(4):424-429. PMID: 16825891

Epstein, M. and Gifford, E. (2006). "A potential carry-over effect in the measurement of induced loudness reduction," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 120, 305-309. PMID: 16875227

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) “Loudness of brief tones measured by magnitude estimation and loudness matching,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 119, 1943. PMID: 16642806

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2005). "A test of the Equal-Loudness-Ratio hypothesis using cross-modality matching functions," Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 118(2). PMID: 16158646

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2005). “Inferring basilar-membrane motion from tone-burst otoacoustic emissions and psychoacoustic measurements,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 117(1), 263-274. PMID: 15704419

Epstein, M., Buus, S, and Florentine, M. (2004). “The effects of window delay, delinearization, and frequency on tone-burst otoacoustic emission input/output measurements,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  116(2), 1160-7. (Also selected for aggregate inclusion in the August 15, 2004 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.) PMID: 15376681

Non-Refereed articles

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2013) “Context effects in loudness,” Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (Editor Refereed), Volume 19, pp. 050004 (5 pages).Joint meeting of the International Congress on Acoustics and the Acoustical Society of America, Montreal, Canada. [AIP] [PDF]

Florentine, M., and Epstein, M. (2011). Measures of the ecological loudness of speech. In T. Dau, M. L., Jepsen, T. Poulsen, & C. Dalsgaard (Eds.), Speech perception and auditory disorders: (pp. 89-94). Denmark: Centretryk.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2010) “Ecological loudness: Binaural loudness constancy,” 20th International Congress on Acoustics. Sydney, Australia. [PDF]

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2006) “To honor Stevens and repeal his law (for the auditory system),” in Fechner Day edited by D. E. Kornbrot, R. M. Msetfi and A. W. MacRae (International Society for Psychophysics, St. Albans, England), 37-42. Invited talk. [PDF]

Epstein, M., Marozeau, J., and Florentine, M. (2006). "Basilar-membrane activity and loudness," in Fechner Day edited by D. E. Kornbrot, R. M. Msetfi and A. W. MacRae (International Society for Psychophysics, St. Albans, England), 181-186. [PDF]

Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Buus, S. (2001) “Loudness functions for long and short tones,” In: E. Sommerfeld, R. Kompass and T. Lachmann (Ed.) Fechner Day 2001, Pabst, Berlin, 361-366. [PDF]

Epstein, M., Florentine, M., and Buus, S. (2001) “Measuring loudness of long and short tones using magnitude estimation,” In: E. Sommerfeld, R. Kompass and T. Lachmann (Ed.) Fechner Day, Pabst, Berlin, 231-235. [PDF]

Abstracts

Florentine, Mary, and Michael Epstein. (2015) "Zeitgeist from Kryter’s work at the PsychoAcoustics Laboratory at Harvard to the present." Acoustical Society of America, Pittsburgh. [AIP]

Ho, H. and Epstein, M. (2015) “Interdisciplinary teaching of music perception and cognition using asynchronous teaching methodologies,” Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville.

Suha, V., Epstein, M., and Florentine, M. (2015) “Perception of Combination Tones Correlated with Cochlear Activity,” Northeast Music Cognition Group, Middletown.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2014) “Induced loudness reduction as a function of inducer level,” Acoustical Society of America, Providence. [AIP]

Suha, V, and Epstein, M. (2014) “Perception of combination tones correlated to cochlear activity, ” Acoustical Society of America, Providence. [AIP]

Stahl, M., Epstein, M., and Florentine, M. (2014) “Reliable discrimination thresholds in 17 trials,”  Acoustical Society of America, Providence.[AIP]

Epstein, M. and Sasson, Y. (2014) “Estimating Loudness Growth from Tone-Burst Evoked Responses at Audiometric Frequencies,” Association for Research in Otolaryngology, San Diego. [ARO]

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2012) “Insights gained from Rhona Hellman’s loudness functions for individual listeners,” Internoise, New York.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2011) “Ecological Loudness: Binaural Loudness Summation and Binaural Loudness Constancy,” American Auditory Society. Arizona.

Darrow, K., Shaheen, L., and Epstein, M. (2011) “Does MOC Reflex Strength Predict DPOAE Changes After Noise Exposure?,” American Auditory Society. Scottsdale, Arizona.

Shaheen, L., Epstein, M., Silva, I (2010) “Observing chartacteristic frequency shifts using chirp‐evoked otoacoustic emissions,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 127, 1987. [AIP]

Kong, Y.-Y, Tanzman, P., Marozeau, J., and Epstein, M. (2009) “Analysis of Perceptual Dimensions for Musical Timbre in Cochlear-Implant Users,” American Auditory Society.

Epstein, M. and Silva, I. (2009) “Parameters for the estimation of loudness from tone‐burst otoacoustic emissions,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 125, Issue 4, pp. 2720-2720.

Epstein, M. and Marozeau, J. (2008) “The effects of induced loudness reduction on tone-burst otoacoustic emissions,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 123, 3306. Joint Meeting with the Acoustical Society of France. Invited talk.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2008) “Binaural loudness summation in and out of the laboratory,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Invited talk.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2008) “A New Phenomenon: Binaural Loudness Constancy,” Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Silva, I. and Epstein, M. (2007) “Clinical Use of Auditory Brainstem Response to Assess Loudness Growth,” American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Boston, MA.

North, M., Sullivan, J., and Epstein, M. (2007) “Effective Approaches to Accent Modification: Research, Design, & Implementation,” American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Boston, MA.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2007) “Binaural loudness summation and binaural loudness constancy,” Binaural Bash, Boston, MA.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) “Induced loudness reduction,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 120, 3246.  Invited talk.

Marozeau, J., Epstein, M., Florentine, M., and Ioffe, S. (2006). "Loudness reduction caused by a tone at a different frequency," American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Miami, Fl.

Florentine, M. and Epstein, M. (2006) “Why classroom demonstrations of binaural loudness summation fail,” Proc. IHCON International Hearing Aid Research Conference.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006)  “Reexamining loudness at and near threshold,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 119, 3292. Joint Meeting with the Acoustical Society of Japan. Invited talk.

Marozeau, J., Epstein, M., Florentine, M. (2006)  “Induced loudness reduction as a function of frequency separation,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 119, 3266.

Marozeau, J., Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Daley, B. (2006): “Testing the Binaural Equal-Loudness-Ratio Hypothesis using Cross-modality Matching,” American Auditory Society.

Marozeau, J., Florentine, M., and Epstein, M. (2006) “New method for deriving loudness functions from binaural level difference for equal loudness,” Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2006) “The effect of frequency on reaction time for listeners with normal hearing,” Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2005) “Tone-burst otoacoustic emissions and loudness,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 117, 2454.

Epstein, M. and Florentine, M. (2005) “Basilar-membrane motion inferred from otoacoustic emissions and psychoacoustic measurements,” Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Abs., 50.

Epstein, M., Buus, S, and Florentine, M. (2004) “Can tone-burst otoacoustic emissions be used to measure basilar-membrane response in humans?” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 115, 2499.

Epstein, M., Buus, S., and Florentine, M. (2002) “Measuring loudness of short and long tones using magnitude estimation,” Proc. IHCON International Hearing Aid Research Conference, 46.

Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Buus, S. (2002) “Cross-Modality Matches for Long and Short Tones: Testing the Equal-Loudness-Ratio Hypothesis,” Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Abs., 178.

Florentine, M., Epstein, M., and Buus, S. (2001) “Loudness functions for long and short tones,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 109, 2349.