Sensory systems: Sound processing takes motor control

Livneh, U., Zador, A. (August 2014) Sensory systems: Sound processing takes motor control. Nature, 513 (7517). pp. 180-181. ISSN 0028-0836

DOI: 10.1038/nature13658


The key to human cognition lies in the neocortex, a modular brain structure that is unique to mammals. Within each neocortical module, small ensembles of neurons are wired together in stereotyped patterns. Subsets of these neurons send long-range axonal projections to other modules to create systems of circuits that transform the activity of single neurons into complex behaviours such as perception, cognition and motor control. Understanding how different neocortical regions — including the motor, visual and auditory cortices — coordinate their activity is a central challenge in systems neuroscience. In a paper published on Nature's website today, Schneider et al.1 describe a technically sophisticated set of experiments that unravels the mechanisms by which the motor cortex exerts control over the auditory cortex during locomotion.

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Subjects: organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > tissues types and functions > auditory cortex
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Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 27 August 2014
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 14:47
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2014 16:49
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