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Re: cochlear nucleus : Higher level then the audio periphery

There is a cochlear nucleus on both sides of the brain stem and the
cochlear nucleus is made up of several subdivisions that appear to be
specialized to process different types of information.  The cochlear
nuclei receive their major input from the auditory nerve but they also
receive input from their partner on the opposite side and they also
receive input from higher auditory structures and from the somatosensory

The cochlear efferents do not originate in the cochlear nucleus, but
rather from the superior olivary complex.

If you would like to learn more about the details of these systems, I
would recommend reading:

"Integrative Functions in The Mammalian Auditory Pathway." Oertel
D, Fay RR, Popper AN Eds. Springer Handbook for Auditory Research.
Springer, NY (2002).


David C. Mountain, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Boston University
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Boston, MA 02215

Email:   dcm@bu.edu
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On Fri, 20 Sep 2002, Matt Flax wrote:

> Hello,
> I know there are some people out there who have some idea about this
> topic, so I pass some questions / statements onto you.
> Can anybody correct this and tell me more ???? (references are ok if
> you don't have time to tell everything !!!)
> thanks in advance
> Note: If you talk about experiments please name the mammal used. Mammals
> only too ... no offense to the trees and reptiles and birds etc.
> a] There are 2 cochlea nuclei in peoples brains
> b] Each cochlea nucleus operates only on afferent neural information
>    from the relevant cochlea (left or right).
> c] The cochlea nucleus paths some efferent information back to the
>    cochlea ???
> d] How is afferent information processed into efferent information.
> thanks
> Matt
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