Cortical processing of complex sound: A way forward?

Timothy D. Griffiths*, Jason D. Warren, Sophie K. Scott, Israel Nelken, Andrew J. King

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The organization of the cortical auditory system remains controversial. In particular, the extent to which there is regional specialization in the cortical processing of complex sound is unclear. Here, we ask whether we are currently asking the right questions of auditory cortex, or using the appropriate techniques to do so. A key factor that will promote such understanding in the future will be increasing dialogue between workers using electrophysiological recording methods to assess the response properties of single neurons and those using imaging techniques to map regional organization. In the future, further insights will be obtained by efforts to test hypotheses developed on the basis of one approach by the use of the other. Imaging can tell the neurophysiologists where to look, and work on single neurons can constrain network models based on imaging. There is a crucial need for better understanding of the anatomy of the auditory cortex in different species and for comparative studies that will underpin both approaches.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The UK-based authors are all supported by the Wellcome Trust. Israel Nelken was supported by travel grants from the Wellcome Trust and the Oxford McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and is currently funded by a grant from the Israel Science Foundation. These ideas were developed at a workshop at the Wellcome Trust Campus in Cambridgeshire in 2002 and at a meeting in Magdeburg in September 2003.


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