HST.722J / 9.044J Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech

Fall 2005

Still of animated 3D reconstruction of a DCN fusiform cell.
Still of animation of a DCN fusiform cell based on intracellular labeling and 3D reconstruction. (Still of animation by Dr. Kenneth E. Hancock.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete bibliography of readings.

Course Description

An advanced course covering anatomical, physiological, behavioral, and computational studies of the central nervous system relevant to speech and hearing. Students learn primarily by discussions of scientific papers on topics of current interest. Recent topics include cell types and neural circuits in the auditory brainstem, organization and processing in the auditory cortex, auditory reflexes and descending systems, functional imaging of the human auditory system, quantitative methods for relating neural responses to behavior, speech motor control, cortical representation of language, and auditory learning in songbirds.
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Prof. M. Christian Brown
Dr. Bertrand Delgutte
Prof. Joe C. Adams
Prof. David N. Caplan
Prof. Frank H. Guenther
Dr. Kenneth E. Hancock
Prof. Jennifer R. Melcher
Dr. Joseph S. Perkell

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session