Sonification: listen to brain activity

  • Gerold Baier
  • Thomas Hermann


The thesis of this contribution is: the body with its diseases can be experienced in a new way by listening. In the natural sciences we are used to getting into contact with natural phenomena via visual perception. But there is no a priori reason that this has to be like that necessarily. Scientific explanation, modeling and forming of a theory, is supposed to be independent from the modality of the individual perception. There is no reason to assume that a congenitally blind person cannot be as good a scientist as a deaf person. However, there is no guarantee that an exclusively visual and an exclusively auditory perception of phenomena will lead to the same models and theories. On the contrary, it is probable that the evaluation of perceptions by the visual and the auditory sense stresses different aspects and thereby will lead, for example, to complementary conclusions, particularly when complex phenomena are involved. Should this thought turn out to be correct, it would provide an important motivation to test how the modality of listening can be exploited systematically in the natural sciences and in medicine.


Brain Activity Auditory Feedback Auditory Perception Electric Brain Activity Music Perception 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerold Baier
    • 1
  • Thomas Hermann
    • 2
  1. 1.Manchester Interdisciplinary BiocentreUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Neuroinformatics Group, Faculty of TechnologyBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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