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Inferior and Superior Colliculi

  • Douglas L. Oliver
  • Michael F. Huerta
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 1)

Abstract

In the classical neuroanatomical literature, the inferior and superior colliculi, located on the roof of the midbrain, are grouped together as the corpora quadrigemina. However, modern research indicates that these structures have quite different functions. The inferior colliculus is part of the auditory pathways and is involved in processing both ascending and descending information about sound. This information may concern the frequency and the monaural or binaural properties of sound. In contrast, the superficial portions of the superior colliculus are devoted to visual processing and are organized retinotopically. The deeper portions of the superior colliculus are related to initiation of eye and head movements, and it is there that information from multiple sensory systems converge, presumably to assist in the control of these movements.

Keywords

Superior Colliculus Inferior Colliculus Central Nucleus Cochlear Nucleus Medial Geniculate Body 
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