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Central Neural Mechanisms of Hearing

Handbook of Physiology, The Nervous System, Sensory Processes

  1. L. M. Aitkin,
  2. D. R. F. Irvine,
  3. W. R. Webster

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp010316

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Aitkin, L. M., Irvine, D. R. F. and Webster, W. R. 2011. Central Neural Mechanisms of Hearing. Comprehensive Physiology. 675–737.

Author Information

  1. Departments of Physiology and Psychology, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Cochlear Nuclear Complex
    • 1.1
      Innervation of Cochlear Nucleus
    • 1.2
      Parcellation of Cochlear Nucleus
    • 1.3
      Anteroventral Cochlear Nucleus
    • 1.4
      Posteroventral Cochlear Nucleus
    • 1.5
      Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus
  • 2
    Physiology of Cochlear Nucleus
    • 2.1
      Action Potential Wave Forms
    • 2.2
      Tonotopic Organization
    • 2.3
      Classification of Unit Discharge Patterns and Their Distributions
    • 2.4
      Tuning Curves
    • 2.5
      Responses as Function of Intensity
    • 2.6
      Phase Locking to Low-Frequency Tones
    • 2.7
      Responses to Click Stimuli
    • 2.8
      Response Areas to Pure Tones and Effects of Anesthetic
    • 2.9
      Responses to Complex Stimuli
    • 2.10
      Morphology-Physiology Correlations and Concept of Parallel Processing
  • 3
    Superior Olivary Complex
    • 3.1
      Anatomy of Superior Olivary Complex
    • 3.2
      Physiology of Superior Olivary Complex
    • 3.3
      Conclusions
  • 4
    Auditory Midbrain
    • 4.1
      Sources of Ascending Input to Inferior Colliculus
    • 4.2
      Nuclei of Lateral Lemniscus
  • 5
    Structure of Inferior Colliculus
    • 5.1
      Central Nucleus: Orientation and Lamination
    • 5.2
      Pericentral Nucleus
    • 5.3
      External Nucleus
  • 6
    Physiology and Organization of Inferior Colliculus
    • 6.1
      Representation of Cochlea Within Inferior Colliculus
    • 6.2
      Discharge Characteristics in Central Nucleus
    • 6.3
      Binaural Representation
    • 6.4
      Representation of Space
    • 6.5
      Organization According to Other Stimulus Dimensions
    • 6.6
      Discharge Characteristics in External and Pericentral Nuclei
    • 6.7
      Conclusions
  • 7
    Auditory Thalamus
    • 7.1
      Anatomy
    • 7.2
      Connections Between Auditory Midbrain and Thalamus
    • 7.3
      Physiological Studies of Units in Auditory Thalamus
    • 7.4
      Tonotopic Organization in Medial Geniculate Body
    • 7.5
      Distribution of Other Discharge Characteristics Within Ventral Division
    • 7.6
      Responses in Medial Division and Posterior Nuclear Group
    • 7.7
      Dorsal Division
    • 7.8
      Conclusions
  • 8
    Auditory Cortex
    • 8.1
      Introduction and Historical Background
    • 8.2
      Parcellation of Auditory Cortex and Tonotopic Organization
    • 8.3
      Fine Structure of Auditory Cortex
    • 8.4
      Connections with Thalamus
    • 8.5
      Centrifugal Connections
    • 8.6
      Corticocortical and Interhemispheric Connections
    • 8.7
      Neuronal Response Properties in Auditory Cortex
    • 8.8
      Behavioral Ablation Studies of Auditory Cortex Function
    • 8.9
      Acoustic Input to Association Cortex
    • 8.10
      Concluding Comments
  • 9
    General Conclusions