Historical Survey.-A Profile of Auditory Forebrain Connections and Circuits.-Thalamocortical Connections. -Corticocortical Connections.-Commissural System.-Intrinsic Connections.-Non-Auditory Afferents.-Corticothalamic Connections.-Descending Connections to the Midbrain and Brainstem.-Neurochemistry.-Cellular and Synaptic Biophysics.-Physiology of Thalamus.-Thalamic Relations with the Limbic System.-Spectral and Intensity Coding.-Temporal Coding.-Binaural Coding and Spatial Localization.
There has been substantial progress in understanding the contributions of the auditory forebrain to hearing, sound localization, communication, emotive behavior, and cognition. The Auditory Cortex covers the latest knowledge about the auditory forebrain, including the auditory cortex as well as the medial geniculate body in the thalamus. This book will cover all important aspects of the auditory forebrain organization and function, integrating the auditory thalamus and cortex into a smooth, coherent whole. Volume One covers basic auditory neuroscience. It complements The Auditory Cortex, Volume 2: Integrative Neuroscience, which takes a more applied/clinical perspective.
This book integrates the auditory thalamus and cortex into a smooth, coherent whole, emphasizing the closeness of their interactions while remaining alert to hierarchical differences between them.