Speculations on the role of frequency in sound localization

Brain Behav Evol. 1986;28(1-3):95-108. doi: 10.1159/000118695.


This presentation reviews behavioral and physiological evidence suggesting that the perceived power spectrum of a sound, as modified by the external ears, provides important cues for horizontal and vertical sound localization. This spatial information is mostly likely encoded by the relative levels of excitation among the tonotopically organized hair cells of the cochlea. This suggests that the preservation of the cochlear frequency map within the central auditory system contributes an anatomical substrate for the localization of sound.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Auditory Pathways / physiology*
  • Auditory Perception / physiology*
  • Chiroptera
  • Cochlea / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Psychoacoustics*
  • Sound Localization / physiology*