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Auditory cortex cheers the overture and listens through the finale

Although we hear sounds throughout their duration, studies on anesthetized animals have suggested that auditory cortex neurons primarily detect changes in sound. New evidence in a report in Nature from awake animals is forcing us to reconsider this view.

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Figure 1: The distribution of activity among auditory cortical neurons in response to a sound burst.


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Middlebrooks, J. Auditory cortex cheers the overture and listens through the finale. Nat Neurosci 8, 851–852 (2005).

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