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Ascending Pathways Through Ventral Nuclei of the Lateral Lemniscus and Their Possible Role in Pattern Recognition in Natural Sounds

  • Donata Oertel
  • Robert E. Wickesberg
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 15)

Abstract

In all higher vertebrates, the nuclei of the lateral lemniscus lie interposed between the cochlear nuclei and the inferior colliculi. The integrative roles of these neurons in the largely monaural, ventral nuclei of the lateral lemniscus are not well understood, but they are intriguing. The suggestion has been made that neurons in the ventral nuclei of the lateral lemniscus are involved in pattern recognition. It is, however, difficult to pinpoint the role of a specific small nucleus in such a complex function. The goal of this chapter is to examine what is known about the ventral lemniscal nuclei to yield clues about their possible role in the identification of sounds.

Keywords

Inferior Colliculus Cochlear Nucleus Auditory Nerve Fiber Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus Ventral Cochlear Nucleus 
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