The Central Auditory System

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GŁnter Ehret, R. Romand
Oxford University Press, 1997 - Medical - 404 pages
A single-volume approach to the structure and function of the central auditory system of mammals, this richly illustrated book has a unique organization intended to make the information it presents useful to both beginners and experienced researchers. It starts with a concise overview of the subject in the first section, which is then followed by an in-depth treatment of all levels of the central auditory pathway in the next four sections. Ehret and Romand expertly integrate general aspects of sound processing at any given level of the system with special topics relevant to that level. The emphasis shifts from a cellular level of auditory analysis at the first brain center to the interplay of fifteen centers in a maze of connecting loops using various neurotransmitters. The authors then proceed to discuss the organization of topographic maps of neuronal responses in the midbrain, and explain how a highly parallel and hierarchical system of distributed thalamic and cortical information channels can function so that, finally, sounds may be perceived and recognized. This book is intended for both the researcher who needs a quick general reference, and the expert with a more specialized and detailed interest in the subject.
 

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Contents

Cochlear Nucleus
16
Superior Olivary Complex SOC
28
Superior Colliculus
37
Parallel and Hierarchical Organization
51
Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials
64
Anatomical and Functional Aspects of the Cochlear Nucleus
97
Superior Olivary Complex and Nuclei of the Lateral Lemniscus
193
Medial Nucleus of the Trapezoid Body
197
Nuclei of the Lateral Lemniscus LL
233
Conclusion
241
The Auditory Midbrain a ShuntingYard of Acoustical
259
The Message of Single Neurons
269
Formation of Maps
283
Organization and Possible Functions of Maps in the ICC
296
Conclusion
303
Acoustical Information Processing in the Auditory Thalamus
317

Medial Superior Olive
212
Periolivary Nuclei PON
221
Olivocochlear OC Neurons
227

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Gunter Ehret is at Universitat Ulm. Raymond Romand is at Universite Blaise Pascal.

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