Neural Coding and Perception of Sound

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HST.723J / 9.285J

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Spring 2005



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This course focuses on neural structures and mechanisms mediating the detection, localization and recognition of sounds. Discussions cover how acoustic signals are coded by auditory neurons, the impact of these codes on behavioral performance, and the circuitry and cellular mechanisms underlying signal transformations. Topics include temporal coding, neural maps and feature detectors, learning and plasticity, and feedback control. General principles are conveyed by theme discussions of auditory masking, sound localization, musical pitch, speech coding, and cochlear implants.

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Bertrand Delgutte, Jennifer Melcher, John Guinan Jr., M. Brown, and Andrew Oxenham. HST.723J Neural Coding and Perception of Sound. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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