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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Looking at Sounds: Neural Mechanisms in the Primate Brain

Looking at Sounds: Neural Mechanisms in the Primate Brain

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(p.273) Chapter 15 Looking at Sounds: Neural Mechanisms in the Primate Brain
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Primate Neuroethology
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Jennifer M. Groh

Dinesh K. Pai

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.003.0015

When you hear a salient sound, it is natural to look at it to find out what is happening. Orienting the eyes to look at sounds is essential to our ability to identify and understand the events occurring in our environment. This behavior involves both sensorimotor and multisensory integration: a sound elicits a movement of the visual sense organ, the eye, to bring the source of the sound under visual scrutiny. How are auditory signals converted into oculomotor commands? This chapter describes recent work concerning the necessary computational steps between sound and eye movement, and how they may be implemented in neural populations in the primate brain.

Keywords:   neural transformations, sensory-motor integration, auditory information, primates

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