What is an auditory object?

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2004 Nov;5(11):887-92. doi: 10.1038/nrn1538.


Objects are the building blocks of experience, but what do we mean by an object? Increasingly, neuroscientists refer to 'auditory objects', yet it is not clear what properties these should possess, how they might be represented in the brain, or how they might relate to the more familiar objects of vision. The concept of an auditory object challenges our understanding of object perception. Here, we offer a critical perspective on the concept and its basis in the brain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation / methods
  • Animals
  • Auditory Perception*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological
  • Neurosciences / methods
  • Sound*
  • Terminology as Topic