The Development of Central Auditory Processing

  • Dan H. Sanes
  • Edward J. Walsh
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 9)


The range of acoustic features that are encoded and interpreted by the mature central auditory system has become a rapidly expanding topic of research (Bregman 1990; Handel 1990; Yost 1991). However, our understanding of the developmental processes that underlie auditory perception remains rudimentary. This chapter focuses on developmental mechanisms that contribute to central auditory processing of acoustic stimuli. The term processing will refer to the neural mechanisms by which the central auditory system represents acoustic information. In principle, this representation may take the form of a single neuron’s discharge pattern or the activity pattern of an entire central auditory structure.


Superior Colliculus Inferior Colliculus Cochlear Nucleus Interaural Time Difference Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus 
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