Navigation Links
Lend me your ears -- and the world will sound very different
Date:1/13/2008

in the brain are adaptable and we learn how to locate and identify sounds. Each person's auditory cortex in their brain is adapted to way their ears deliver sound to them and their experience of the world. If you could borrow someone else's ears you would have real difficulty in locating the source of sounds, at least until your brain had relearned how to do it."

Dr Schnupp has also found that the auditory cortex does not have neurons sensitive to different aspects of sound. When the researchers look at how the auditory cortex responds to changes in pitch, timbre and frequency they saw that most neurons reacted to each change. Dr Schnupp explains: "In the closely related visual cortex there are different neurons for processing colour, form and motion. In the auditory cortex the neurons seem to overwhelmingly react to several of the different properties of sound. We are now investigating how they distinguish between pitch, spatial location and timbre.

"If we can understand how the auditory cortex has evolved to do this we may be able to apply the knowledge to develop hearing aids that can blot out background noise and speech recognition systems that can handle different accents."

The Oxford team's current project is using BBSRC funding to fit trained ferrets with harmless auditory implants. The animals are trained to respond to different sounds and the implants enable the team to observe the auditory neurons as the ferret responds to different sounds.

Professor Nigel Brown, BBSRC Director of Science and Technology, said: "This research is revealing how our senses work and how the brain interprets information from the ears. These BBSRC-funded studies of a fundamental biological process may bring exciting developments in helping people with hearing and other disabilities."


'/>"/>

Contact: Matt Goode
matt.goode@bbsrc.ac.uk
44-179-341-3299
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Roche Engages in Four Additional AIDS Technology Transfers to Strengthen Local Manufacturing in Worlds Poorest Countries
2. WellPoint Executive Mark Boxer Recognized as One of Computerworlds 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders
3. AUDIO from Medialink and Safe Kids Worldwide: Teaming Up to Keep Kids Safe Around Cars
4. Six Positive Predictions for 2008, from SuperLife World Service
5. New report estimates 12 million cancer cases worldwide
6. Cancer Killed Almost 8 Million Worldwide in 2007
7. MCG selected as RNA laboratory for worldwide diabetes study
8. New report estimates 12 million cancer deaths worldwide
9. Siemens Medical Solutions Michael Long Recognized as one of Computerworlds 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders
10. Researchers From Around the World Gather to Discuss Triple Negative Breast Cancer
11. New study shows worlds protected areas threatened by climate change
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... CareSource, ... and Corporate Communications. In this capacity, Michael will provide strategic leadership for CareSource’s ... leader in consumer-focused programs that have contributed to the company’s rapid growth. As ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2015 , ... In an ... from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open Journal that discusses the future of ... article discussed how, in the future, customized implants, prosthetics, and other 3-D printed tools ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... , ... NJ Top Docs Presents, Dr. Michael Betsy! Dr. Betsy has been reviewed and ... Michael Betsy graduated from Don Bosco Prep in 1990 and was Class Salutatorian. He ... sports in his senior year. He was inducted into the National Honor Society as ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2015 , ... According ... of the University of Sweden showed that most adolescents who underwent bariatric surgery “felt ... average, the 88 adolescent bariatric patients who participated in the study felt that their ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... Dad Phil, son Scott, ... on Aug. 26, generously hosted by the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, but the ... Call Center and website since Aug. 17. , The Greens have operated Green ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:CareSource Names Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications 2Health News:Recent Article on 3-D Printing Highlights the Future of Custom Medical Solutions Using the Technology, says Beverly Hills Physicians 2Health News:Recent Article on 3-D Printing Highlights the Future of Custom Medical Solutions Using the Technology, says Beverly Hills Physicians 3Health News:NJ Top Docs Presents, Dr. Michael Betsy! 2Health News:NJ Top Docs Presents, Dr. Michael Betsy! 3Health News:Article on Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Demonstrates the Powerful Effect of Being in Control, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz 2Health News:Article on Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Demonstrates the Powerful Effect of Being in Control, Notes Dr. Michael Feiz 3Health News:Ribbon Cutting Launches AdvantaClean of Madison County 2
... those trying to lose weight, there is a lot of confusion ... now is // to eat a low carbohydrate diet, a new ... weight loss -- even when the amount of food is not ... 12-week low fat, high-carb diet alone and in combination with exercise. ...
... have Parkinson’s disease. It is a neurological condition // that ... therapy can improve both of these problems. A pulse of ... movement. This is done inorder to improve stiffness in patients. ... magnetic stimulation. ,For nearly 15 years, Criner has dealt ...
... shows the reason some adolescents experience depression could be ... to have a smaller hippocampus -- the part of ... ,Researchers sampled nearly 30 adolescents between ages 13 ... major depressive disorder.Magnetic resonance imaging was performed to measure ...
... most common type of plastic surgery performed for cosmetic ... 269,000 procedures were performed. ,Researchers examined data from ... the mammogram results of women with breast implants to ... of the study show breast implants decreased the sensitivity ...
... who suffer from migraine headaches may be at risk for ... brain where the tissue has died. ,Researchers studied ... grouped the patients into categories of having migraines with visual ... group was also included in the study. Participants had a ...
... bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting ... can not only reveal the general health of patients ... ,Researchers from Japan studied more than 7,450 men and ... 37 items, including cholesterol and C-reactive protein, which are ...
Cached Medicine News:
(Date:8/31/2015)... , Aug. 31, 2015  Daktari Diagnostics today announced ... the United States and Canada ... test. The deal, worth up to $8.5 million over the ... the clinical validation and regulatory approval of Daktari,s HCV test. ... a point-of-care instrument that can detect low levels of virus ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... August 31, 2015 A ... global cardiovascular monitoring and diagnostic devices market stood ... to reach a value of approximately US$7.0 billion ... between 2013 and 2019. The title of the ... (ECG, Holter Monitors, Event Monitors, Cardiovascular Diagnostic Catheters, ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... -- On August 5, 2015, the U.S. District Court for ... motions to dismiss securities class action claims against Galena ... its directors. The class actions allege that the individual ... artificially inflate Galena,s stock price, and during an eighteen ... sold massive amounts of their personally-held shares. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Daktari Enters Collaboration Agreement with Merck to Develop Test for Hepatitis C Virus 2Daktari Enters Collaboration Agreement with Merck to Develop Test for Hepatitis C Virus 3Cardiovascular Monitoring and Diagnostic Devices Market to Reach US$7.0 Billion in 2019 Owing to Global Rise in Diabetes and Obesity: Transparency Market Research 2Cardiovascular Monitoring and Diagnostic Devices Market to Reach US$7.0 Billion in 2019 Owing to Global Rise in Diabetes and Obesity: Transparency Market Research 3Cardiovascular Monitoring and Diagnostic Devices Market to Reach US$7.0 Billion in 2019 Owing to Global Rise in Diabetes and Obesity: Transparency Market Research 4Cardiovascular Monitoring and Diagnostic Devices Market to Reach US$7.0 Billion in 2019 Owing to Global Rise in Diabetes and Obesity: Transparency Market Research 5Galena Biopharma, Inc. Stock Alert: Schubert Firm Investigates Potential Breaches of Fiduciary Duty 2
... viscoelastic insert runs alongside the Achilles ... and targeted intermittent compression during movement. ... irritation of the Achilles tendon is ... wedge (raises heel about 6 mm). ...
... II is effective for acute, rehabilitation, ... to help prevent injury and reinjury ... exceptional support for medial and lateral ... plantar flexion. Unique split-pad system includes ...
Softsplint after bunion surgery. Hook-and-loop closure. Maintains hallux positioning and metatarsophalangeal alignment. Washable....
... Pediatric Ankle Cryo/Cuff is specifically designed to ... Using a combination of controlled compression and ... pain. The Pediatric Ankle Cryo/Cuff is ideal ... episodes in hemophilia.,The Pediatric Ankle Cryo/Cuff is ...
Medicine Products: