Overview: Development and Plasticity of the Central Auditory System
Basic science studies of the auditory system have provided neuroscience with some of its most instructive examples of highly specialized functions arising from unique structures (e.g., reviews by Carr and Soares 2002; Fettiplace and Ricci 2003; Fuchs et al. 2003; Pollak et al. 2003; Ryugo and Parks 2003). Working out the developmental mechanisms by which these structures and functions arise continues to provide information of great value to general developmental biology (Riley and Phillips 2003) as well as increases our understanding of how the many complex elements coalesce during normal development to form a functional auditory system (Rubel et al. 1998).
KeywordsHearing Loss Auditory Cortex Auditory System Cochlear Nucleus Auditory Neuron
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