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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1998 Aug;8(4):516-21.

Cortical processing of complex sounds.

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Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20007-2197, USA.


Work on the functional organization of auditory cortex in nonhuman primates has recently gained increasing attention. Neurophysiological studies using complex stimuli, combined with anatomical tract tracing, reveal a hierarchy of cortical processing comparable to other sensory systems. On the basis of these findings from animal studies, together with the advent of modern neuroimaging methods used in human cortex, the field of auditory neuroscience could soon arrive at a detailed understanding of the cortical representation of complex sounds, including speech.

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