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The Inferior Colliculus

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This chapter explores the structural and functional organization of the inferior colliculus (IC), the midbrain nucleus of the auditory pathway. The IC receives parallel ascending connections from a multiplicity of brainstem nuclei, together with descending projections from the cerebral cortex. Its output supplies the auditory thalamus and tectum. The chapter will discuss the cytoarchitecture and connectivity of the IC and how they underpin analysis of the spectral, temporal and spatial features of sound. Although primarily viewed as an integrator of auditory information, studies demonstrating the involvement of many nonauditory pathways suggest a wider ranging role for the IC in perception and behavior.

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Author(s): Rees A

Editor(s): Grothe B

Series Editor(s): Fritzsch B

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference Volume 2: Audition

Year: 2021

Volume: 2

Pages: 566-600

Print publication date: 08/09/2020

Online publication date: 09/09/2020

Acceptance date: 26/09/2020

Edition: 2

Series Title: The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference

Number of Volumes: 7

Publisher: Elsevier, Academic Press

Place Published: Amsterdam


DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.24267-3

Notes: Chapter 2.30

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ISBN: 9780128054086