Cortical processing of complex sounds

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1998 Aug;8(4):516-21. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(98)80040-8.


Work on the functional organization of auditory cortex in nonhuman primates has recently gained increasing attention. Neurophysiological studies using complex stimuli, combined with anatomical tract tracing, reveal a hierarchy of cortical processing comparable to other sensory systems. On the basis of these findings from animal studies, together with the advent of modern neuroimaging methods used in human cortex, the field of auditory neuroscience could soon arrive at a detailed understanding of the cortical representation of complex sounds, including speech.

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 Cortex / cytology
  • Auditory Cortex / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mental Processes / physiology*
  • Music
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Prefrontal Cortex / physiology
  • Primates / physiology*
  • Sound*