Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech

Course Info

Course Number/Code: HST.722J (Fall 2005)
Course Title: Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech
Course Level: Graduate
Offered By: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Department: Health Sciences and Technology
Course Instructor(s): Prof. M. Christian Brown
Dr. Bertrand Delgutte
Prof. Joe C. Adams
Prof. David N. Caplan
Prof. Frank H. Guenther
Dr. Kenneth E. Hancock
Prof. Jennifer R. Melcher
Dr. Joseph S. Perkell
Course Introduction:
Syllabus When you click the Amazon logo to the left of any citation and purchase the book (or other media) from, MIT OpenCourseWare will receive up to 10% of this purchase and any other purchases you make during that visit. This will not increase the cost of your purchase. Links provided are to the US Amazon site, but you can also support OCW through Amazon sites in other regions. Learn more.Course TopicsDorsal Cochlear Nucleus: Signal Processing, Multisensory Integration and PlasticityReflexes and Descending SystemsCell Types and Neural Circuits in the BrainstemQuantitative Approaches to the Study of Neural CodingThalamo-cortical Organization and ProcessingSpeech Motor ControlNeuroimaging Correlates of Human Auditory BehaviorCortical Representation of LanguageStudent Initiated TopicsWho should take this course?

Anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the role of the brain in speech and hearing. For students in the Harvard-MIT Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program, the course is an elective normally taken after the core courses HST.723 - Neural Coding and Perception of Sound, HST.718 - Anatomy of Speech and Hearing and 6.541J / HST.710J - Speech Communication. It is also appropriate for students in Brain and Cognitive Sciences or other departments who have a strong background in the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of sensory and motor systems. Students unsure of their background should consult one of the instructors.

How does the course work?

Much of the learning is done by topic discussions of scientific papers. Typically, a topic begins with a lecture giving an overview of the topic. Then, 3-6 topic papers are read and discussed in class under the leadership of a student. Two of the topics are proposed by students and selected by a competitive process.

Grade and Assignments

Your grade will be based approximately on the following:

Course grading.ACTIVITIESPERCENTAGESPaper Presentations, Discussion Leading and Class Participation65%Written Topic Proposal and Oral Topic Presentation35%Selected Bibliography

Ehret, G., and R. Romand. The Central Auditory System. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780195096842.

Oertel, D., R. R. Fay, and A. N. Popper. Integrative Functions in the Mammalian Auditory Pathway. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2002. ISBN: 9780387989037.

Popper, A. N., and R. R. Fay. The Mammalian Auditory Pathway: Neurophysiology. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1992. ISBN: 9780387978017.

Webster, D. B., A. N. Popper, and R. R. Fay. The Mammalian Auditory Pathway: Neuroanatomy. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1992. ISBN: 9780387976785.

Hawkins, H. L., T. A. McMullen, A. N. Popper, and R. R. Fay. Auditory Computation. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1995. ISBN: 9780387978437.