Thursday, July 19, 2012

What about the what, how, and where of auditory perception?

The last few days the 2nd Auditory Cognition Summer School was held in Plymouth, UK. Thirty enthusiastic students from a variety of backgrounds spent time (and still do so until tomorrow afternoon)  attending lectures, work groups and demonstrations is this new, emerging field.

Personally, I was quite impressed by the presentation of prof. Sophie Kertu Scott (UCL) yesterday. She discussed her work on speech perception, as well as her recent work on the neurobiology of audition. While I know her work from quite a while ago (RPPW 1994), she since then emerged as a true expert in the neuroscience of speech perception, situating our understanding of speech, space and auditory objects in the context of the basic neuroanatomy of the primate auditory system.

See a relative recent paper below, one that emphasizes the putative directions of the ‘what’,‘where’ and ‘how’ streams of processing in the human brain. Scott, Sophie K. (2005). Auditory processing — speech, space and auditory objects. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 15, 197-201. DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2005.03.009

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