N147: Hearing and the Brain is taught in Fall Quarter by Professors Karina Cramer, Raju Metherate, and  John Middlebrooks, and other faculty from the Center for Hearing Research.


Dr. Karina Cramer

Dr Raju Metherate

Dr. Raju Metherate

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Dr. John Middlebrooks

Prerequisite: PSYCH 160A or BIO SCI 93

Same as PSYCH 161H.

Restriction: Cognitive Sciences Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Biological Sciences Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Psychology Majors have first consideration for enrollment.

Course Objective:

The Center for Hearing Research faculty team-teach the auditory system from cells to psychophysics, cochlea to the cortex, basic science to clinical. The format is primarily lectures.  We will provide a foundation for students who are advanced in their own discipline (e.g., biology, cognitive science) and wish to learn more about hearing. The course will provide an overview of brain mechanisms of hearing, including simple sounds, speech, and music. We begin with sound itself and look at processing by the ear, central auditory pathways, auditory cortex, and beyond.  Also auditory development, learning, and clinical issues.

Sample Syllabus:

2Sound, Cochlea
3Sensory Transduction
4Noice Induced Damage
5Auditory Coding of Speech Sounds
6Auditory Nerve
7Auditory Brainstem Anatomy and Physiology I
8Auditory Brainstem Anatomy and Physiology II
10Spatial Hearing I
11Spatial Hearing II
12Auditory Cellular Specializations
13Development I
14Development II
15Development III
17Auditory Forebrain
19Auditory Cortex Processing and Plasticity I
20Auditory Cortex Processing and Plasticity II
21Psychoacoustics I
22Psychoacoustics II
23Psychoacoustics III
25Psychoacoustics IV
26Found. of Auditory Prosthesis
27Clinical: Cochlear Implants/Audiology
28Clinical: Cochlear Implants
29Clinical: Future Directions