16 October 2019

A new look at the living auditory system

Faruk Gülban joined the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN), 5 years ago, to map the auditory system in the living human brain. Not only mapping the surface, but going deep inside the brain, to the brain stem and thalamus, creating a full visual representation of the system. “It’s difficult to see these deeper structures clearly, but they are essential to our auditory system, and our hearing”.

Information contained in a sound takes a long trip before it reaches finally reaches the cortex (where it is processed). From the ear, it goes to the cochlea, to the brain stem, the thalamus and then travels to the cortex. “If you can only study the cortex, you’re missing out on a large part of the auditory system”.

By: Thom Frijns