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Open Access Neurocomputational Mechanisms Contributing to Auditory Perception

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A fundamental scientific question in auditory neuroscience is identifying the mechanisms required by the brain to transform an unlabelled mixture of auditory stimuli into distinct and coherent perceptual representations. This transformation is often called "auditory-scene analysis". Auditory-scene analysis consists of a complex interaction of multiple neurocomputational processes, including Gestalt grouping mechanisms, attention, and perceptual decision-making. Despite a great deal of scientific energy devoted to understanding these aspects of hearing, we still do not understand (1) how sound perception arises from neural activity and (2) the causal relationship between neural activity and sound perception. Several lines of evidence indicate that the ventral auditory pathway plays a prominent role in auditory perception and decision-making. Here, we review the contribution of the ventral pathway to auditory perception and put forth challenges to the field to further our understanding of the relationship between neural activity in the ventral pathway and perception.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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