HST.723 / 9.285J Neural Coding and Perception of Sound

Spring 2005

Photos of an owl at night.

Photos of an owl at night, Ngala Game Reserve, South Africa. (Photograph courtesy of Sandra Mallalieu.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive bibliography and a selection of lecture notes.

Course Description

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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Prof. Bertrand Delgutte
Prof. M. Christian Brown
Prof. John Guinan, Jr.
Prof. Jennifer Melcher
Prof. Andrew Oxenham

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session



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