Processing of complex sounds in the auditory system

Israel Nelken*

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The coding of complex sounds in the early auditory system has a 'standard model' based on the known physiology of the cochlea and main brainstem pathways. This model accounts for a wide range of perceptual capabilities. It is generally accepted that high cortical areas encode abstract qualities such as spatial location or speech sound identity. Between the early and late auditory system, the role of primary auditory cortex (A1) is still debated. A1 is clearly much more than a 'whiteboard' of acoustic information - neurons in A1 have complex response properties, showing sensitivity to both low-level and high-level features of sounds.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)413-417
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008

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Funding Information:
This work was supported partly by the grants administered by the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) and by the EU FP6 program.


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