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Cellular morphology and circuit connectivity

Brainstem neural circuits perform feature extraction on sensory signals. Feed-forward auditory processing occurs at several locations throughout the brainstem and midbrain: cochlear nucleus, superior olivary complex, nuclei of the lateral lemniscus and inferior colliculus. We study auditory processing in each of these structures using a variety of techniques.

Video: Physiological response properties in the ventral cochlear nucleus


(Some of) our (broad) questions in neural circuits

  • What is the role of inhibition in shaping neural responses in the superior olivary complex?
  • What are the integrative circuit properties of neurons in the nuclei of the lateral lemniscus?
  • How does cochlear damage impact neural processing in brainstem circuits?

Further reading

  • Young ED, Oertel D (2003). The Cochlear Nucleus. In: Synaptic Organization of the Brain. Shepherd GM (Ed.). Oxford University Press. pp 125-163.