The Central Auditory System

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byGunter Ehret, Raymond Romand

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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 thesubject 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 morespecialized and detailed interest in the subject.

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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 thesubject in the first section, which is then f...

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How does the brain process the diversity of sounds that the ear can hear? This question lies at the center of this book, a comprehensive source of knowledge written by internationally renowned experts from both sides of the Atlantic. Richly illustrated, this volume covers the structure and function of the central auditory system of mam...

Gunter Ehret is at Universitat Ulm. Raymond Romand is at Universite Blaise Pascal.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.49 × 6.26 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195096843

ISBN - 13:9780195096842

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I. Functional Organization of the Auditory PathwaysEric M. Rouiller: 1. Primary Auditory Neurons (Auditory Nerve)2. Cochlear Nucleus3. Superior Olivary Complex4. Lateral Lemniscus5. Inferior Colliculus6. Superior Colliculus7. Thalamus and Cerebral Cortex8. Parallel and Hierarchical Organization9. Descending Auditory Pathways and Feedback Control10. Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials11. ConclusionII. Anatomical and Functional Aspects of the Cochlear NucleusRaymond Romand and Paul Avan: 1. Anatomy of the Cochlear Nucleus2. Neuropharmacological Aspects of the Cochlear Nucleus3. The Functional Activity of the Cochlear Nucleus4. ConclusionIII. Superior Olivary Complex and Nuclei of the Lateral LemniscusRobert H. Helfert and Andreas Aschoff: 1. Superior Olivary Complex in General2. Medial Nucleus of the Trapezoid Body3. Lateral Superior Olive4. Medial Superior Olive5. Periolivary Nuclei6. Olivocochlear Neurons7. Nuclei of the Lateral Lemniscus8. ConclusionIV. The Auditory Midbrain, a "Shunting-Yard" of Acoustical Information ProcessingGunther Ehret: 1. The Structure Behind Mechanisms2. The Message of Single Neurons3. Formation of Maps4. Organization and Possible Functions of Maps in the ICC5. Contributions to Hearing6. ConclusionV. Acoustical Information Processing in the Auditory Thalamus and Cerebral CortexFrancois de Ribaupierre: 1. Auditory Thalamus2. Auditory Cortex3. Corticothalamic Connections4. Intracortical and Interhemispheric Connections5. ConclusionIndex