Auditory midbrain responses parallel spectral integration phenomena

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Science  08 Mar 1985:
Vol. 227, Issue 4691, pp. 1245-1247
DOI: 10.1126/science.3975613


Resolving the frequency components of complex sound spectra including speech is an inherent, important accomplishment of the auditory nervous systems of vertebrates. The critical perceptual unit in the frequency domain, the critical bandwidth, has a simple functional equivalent within the principal midbrain auditory nucleus--the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus.