prenatal development of auditory system ("R. Parncutt" )

Subject: prenatal development of auditory system
From:    "R. Parncutt"  <psa03(at)CC.KEELE.AC.UK>
Date:    Thu, 5 Jun 1997 23:13:48 +0100

Can someone direct me to recent work on prenatal development of the auditory system? I need to find out what is known about the state of any/all extant auditory nuclei between the auditory nerve and the auditory cortex at 20 WEEKS gestational age. What is functioning at that stage, and how well? A related question: Is the inferior colliculus capable of processing (encoding, storing, recognizing) auditory patterns? If so, might it be able to perform that function at 20 weeks, before the auditory cortex becomes connected to the rest of the auditory pathway? I'd be grateful for recent references. _____________________________________________________________________ Richard Parncutt, Lecturer in Psychology of Music and Psychoacoustics, Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development, Keele University. Post: Dept of Psychology, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, GB. Tel: 01782 583392 (w),01782 719747 (h). Email: r.parncutt(at) Fax: +44 1782 583387. URL:

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