Role of Auditory Cortex in the Perception of Vocalizations by Japanese Macaques

  • Henry E. Heffner
  • Rickye S. Heffner


Ever since the latter half of the 19th century when it was discovered that sensory and motor functions could be localized in the cerebral cortex, the role of the cortex in auditory processing has been studied by observing the effects of brain damage in both humans and animals. Initially, it was envisioned that the study of experimental lesions in animals would provide a basis for inferring cortical functioning in humans. This was based on the fact that lesions in animals could be precisely controlled thus avoiding the complications which arise when analyzing the effects of lesions which are either too small to result in distinct deficits or else are too large and result in multiple deficits which may be difficult to differentiate (e.g., Ferrier, 1876b). Indeed, the utility of animal research was soon demonstrated when ablation studies narrowed the search for auditory cortex in monkeys to the posterior two thirds of the superior temporal gyms (Ferrier 1876a).


Hearing Loss Left Hemisphere Speech Perception Auditory Cortex Superior Temporal Gyrus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry E. Heffner
    • 1
  • Rickye S. Heffner
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Comparative Hearing and the Department of PsychologyUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA

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