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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2005 Aug;15(4):470-7.

Learning-induced plasticity in animal and human auditory cortex.

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Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Brenneckestrasse 6, D-39118 Magdeburg, Germany. frank.ohl@ifn-magdeburg.de

Abstract

Recent data on learning-related changes in animal and human auditory cortex indicate functions beyond mere stimulus representation and simple recognition memory for stimuli. Rather, auditory cortex seems to process and represent stimuli in a task-dependent fashion. This implies plasticity in neural processing, which can be observed at the level of single neuron firing and the level of spatiotemporal activity patterns in cortical areas. Auditory cortex is a structure in which behaviorally relevant aspects of stimulus processing are highly developed because of the fugitive nature of auditory stimuli.

PMID:
16009546
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2005.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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