How the Barn Owl Computes Auditory Space

Trends Neurosci. 2018 Mar;41(3):115-117. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2018.01.004.


In a series of seminal behavioral and electrophysiological experiments, Knudsen and Konishi studied the mechanisms of hearing. Their 1979 article showed how the barn owl utilizes unique anatomical features for creating a systematic internal representation of auditory space. This established the barn owl as a prime model for studying sensory systems.

Keywords: barn owl; computational maps; interaural disparities; sound localization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation / methods
  • Animals
  • Auditory Pathways / physiology*
  • Auditory Perception / physiology*
  • Hearing / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Strigiformes / physiology*