Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense Of Sound

Paperback | August 17, 2012

byJan Schnupp, Israel Nelken, Andrew J. King

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Every time we listen -- to speech, to music, to footsteps approaching or retreating -- our auditory perception is the result of a long chain of diverse and intricate processes that unfold within the source of the sound itself, in the air, in our ears, and, most of all, in our brains. Hearing is an "everyday miracle" that, despite its staggering complexity, seems effortless. This book offers an integrated account of hearing in terms of the neural processes that take place in different parts of the auditory system. Because hearing results from the interplay of so many physical, biological, and psychological processes, the book pulls together the different aspects of hearing -- including acoustics, the mathematics of signal processing, the physiology of the ear and central auditory pathways, psychoacoustics, speech, and music -- into a coherent whole.

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Every time we listen -- to speech, to music, to footsteps approaching or retreating -- our auditory perception is the result of a long chain of diverse and intricate processes that unfold within the source of the sound itself, in the air, in our ears, and, most of all, in our brains. Hearing is an "everyday miracle" that, despite its s...

Jan Schnupp is University Lecturer and Codirector of the Auditory Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics at Oxford University and a Fellow of St. Peter's College. Israel Nelken is Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology in the Department of Neurobiology in t...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.62 inPublished:August 17, 2012Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262518023

ISBN - 13:9780262518024

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Jan Schnupp is University Lecturer and Codirector of the Auditory Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics at Oxford University and a Fellow of St. Peter's College. Israel Nelken is Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology in the Department of Neurobiology in the Andrew Silberman Institute of Life Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Andrew King is Professor of Neurophysiology, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, and Codirector of the Auditory Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College. This book is unique in its elegant unification of a broad view of the fundamentals of hearing with a highly sophisticated account of the current state of auditory neuroscience. Each chapter is a self-contained, coherent, and comprehensive account of a major attribute or function of hearing that takes the reader through an exciting journey of discovery, beginning with basic definitions and ending with a balanced critique of the diverse opinions and ideas that are typical of a lively field of investigation. In such a scientific endeavor, this book is a valuable guide for the novice and the expert alike.