Auditory Pathway

Structure and Function

  • Josef Syka
  • R. Bruce Masterton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Cochlea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geoffrey A. Manley, Jutta Brix, Otto Gleich, Alexander Kaiser, Christiane Köppl, Graeme Yates
      Pages 3-12
    3. J. J. Zwislocki, N. B. Slepecky, S. C. Chamberlain, L. K. Cefaratti
      Pages 17-21
    4. David N. Furness, Carole M. Hackney
      Pages 23-28
    5. A. M. Meyer zum Gottesberge, K. Schallreuter
      Pages 29-34
    6. A. Ernst, Ch. Taube, P. Lotz, H.-J. Mest
      Pages 35-39
    7. L. P. Rybak, E. Walsh, C. Whitworth
      Pages 41-44
  3. Auditory Brainstem Nuclei

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. D. A. Godfrey, J. A. Parli, J. D. Dunn, C. D. Ross
      Pages 107-121
    3. F. A. Boettcher, R. J. Salvi, S. S. Saunders
      Pages 141-147
  4. Auditory Subcortical Nuclei

  5. Auditory Cortex

  6. Efferent Auditory System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. John J. Guinan Jr.
      Pages 253-267
    3. Donald Robertson, Mark Gummer
      Pages 269-278
    4. J. Syka, J. Popelář, R. Druga, A. Vlková
      Pages 279-292
    5. J. Syka, D. Robertson, B. M. Johnstone
      Pages 299-303
  7. Processing of Complex Acoustic Stimuli

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311

About this book


Since the last symposium on "Neuronal Mechanisms of Hearing" held in Prague in 1980 and published in the volume of the same name (J. Syka and L. Aitkin, Eds. , Plenum Press, 1981), remarkable progress has been achieved in the understanding of the auditory system. A variety of new ideas and new methods have emerged. This progress can be easily documented by comparing the volume based on the 1980 Symposium with the program for the 1987 Symposium. For example, there were 45 contributions to auditory physiology in each symposium but there were 27 contributions focusing on anatomy in 1987 as compared to 7 in 1980, and perhaps most telling, there were 12 contributions to the neurochemistry of the system in 1987 while there were only 3 in 1980. In terms of percentages of contributions, neuroanatomy rose from 13% to 32% and neurochemistry (or chemical anatomy) rose from 5% in 1980 to 14% in 1987. These increases in the numbers and proportions of anatomical and neurochemical contributions undoubtedly reflects the increasing availabil­ ity and rising expertise in the new neuroanatomica1 and biochemical techniques most notably, tract-tracing by exploitation of axonal transport or by intracellular micro-injection methods, and neurotransmitter identifi­ cation by use of immunocytochemistry or receptor-binding techniques. New ideas have emerged on the function of cochlear hair cells particularly in connection with olivococh1ear bundle stimulation and supported by findings of contractile proteins in outer hair cells.


Mammalia anatomy development physiology system

Editors and affiliations

  • Josef Syka
    • 1
  • R. Bruce Masterton
    • 2
  1. 1.Czechoslovak Academy of SciencesPragueCzechoslovakia
  2. 2.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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