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Nature. 2002 May 16;417(6886):322-8.

Instructed learning in the auditory localization pathway of the barn owl.

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Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA 94305, USA. eknudsen@stanford.edu

Abstract

A bird sings and you turn to look at it a process so automatic it seems simple. But is it? Our ability to localize the source of a sound relies on complex neural computations that translate auditory localization cues into representations of space. In barn owls, the visual system is important in teaching the auditory system how to translate cues. This example of instructed plasticity is highly quantifiable and demonstrates mechanisms and principles of learning that may be used widely throughout the central nervous system.

PMID:
12015612
DOI:
10.1038/417322a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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