Neural Coding and Perception of Sound OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Class on Neural Mechanisms

Published Feb 14, 2009

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Students curious about auditory processes should consider taking MIT''s free online course 'Neural Coding and Perception of Sound'. This Health Sciences and Technology program course covers how the ear registers sound signals so that they brain processes it. Through reviews of scientific papers, students study the mechanisms and perceptions the ears use in order for sound to be heard. This graduate-level course is recommended for students studying Neuroscience, Medicine and Engineering.

Neural Coding and Perception of Sound: Course Specifics

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Neural Coding and Perception of Sound: Course Description

Professors Bertrand Delgutte, M. Christian Brown, John Guinan, Jr., Jennifer Melcher and Andrew Oxenham all are MIT staff members who instruct the 'Neural Coding and Perception of Sound' OpenCourseWare. This graduate-level course focuses on the neurons involved in auditory receptions, along with various related topics, including cochlear implants, neural maps, pitch, temporal coding and pitch and binaural interactions. A significant portion of the course is devoted to the review of current scientific literature on the class topics. This allows students to understand the advancements being made in the field and will help them to make breakthroughs of their own.

Available online are lists of suggested readings, downloadable lecture notes and guidelines for class assignments. To learn more about this course, visit the acoustics and auditory neurons course page.

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