|Module label||Auditory Neuroscience|
|Credit points||6.0 KP|
1 SWS Lecture (VO))
Total workload 45h: 14 h contact / 31 h background reading
1 SWS Seminar (SE)
Total workload 45h: 14 h contact / 15 h background reading / 16 h preparation and presentation
2 SWS Supervised excercise (UE)
Total workload 90h: 10 h contact / 20 h literature search / 60 h work on essay paper
|Faculty/Institute||Department of Neurosciences|
|Used in course of study||
Recommended previous knowledge/skills: Basics of Neurosensory Science and Behavioural Biology
|Skills to be acquired in this module||
++ Neurosci. knowlg.
+ Expt. Methods
++ Scient. Literature
+ Social skills
++ Interdiscipl. knowlg.
++ Data present./disc.
++ Scientific English
Introduction to Auditory Physiology. May serve as preparation for a Research Module in this area.
Upon successful completion of this course, students
• have profound knowledge on auditory sensory processing at several levels (including cochlear transduction mechanisms, central auditory processing)
• have basic knowledge of the large range of techniques used in auditory research
• are able to read and critically report to others on an original research paper in auditory neuroscience
• are able to research and review a specific topic in auditory neuroscience
One week introductory block course, comprised of a lecture series and matching seminar that emphasizes discussion.
Hair cells: structure, transduction mechanism, receptor potential, synaptic transmission
Basilar papilla / cochlea: structure, micromechanics, amplification; otoacoustic emissions
Auditory nerve: phase locking, rate coding. Excitation patterns
Ascending auditory pathways: wiring, principles of excitation/inhibition, examples of cellular/molecular specialisations
Sound localisation in birds and mammals
Central auditory processing: imaging techniques, auditory streams, cortex, primates
Relation between psychophysics and neurophysiology
The introductory block is followed by a supervised literature search and individually written term paper on a specific topic in auditory neuroscience.
About 20 selected original papers (selection varies)
Recommended textbook(s) or other literature:
Pickles JO (2012) An Introduction to the Physiology of Hearing. Brill, Netherlands
|Language of instruction||English|
|Duration (semesters)||1 Semester|
|Module frequency||annually, summer term, second half|
|Module capacity||15 (
Recommended in combination with:)
BM neu211 "Neurosensory Science and Behaviour"
or BM neu270 "Neurocognition and Psychophysics"
or skills module biox "Current Topics in Hearing Science"
|Modullevel||MM (Mastermodul / Master module)|
|Modulart||Wahlpflicht / Elective|
|Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program|
|Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge||Basics of Neurosensory Science and Behavioural Biology|
|Course type||Comment||SWS||Frequency||Workload attendance|
|Total time of attendance for the module||84 h|
|Examination||Time of examination||Type of examination|
|Final exam of module||
within a few weeks of the end of summer term lecture period