- students can describe
- the neural pathways of the auditory system
- the traveling wave, inner- and outer hair cell function of the cochlea
- the neural responses in different stages of the ascending auditory pathway
- the concept of spectrotemporal receptive fields
- students can design and implement basic psychoacoustic tests
- students can describe and interpret different monaural and binaural hearing impairments
- students can describe the methodology and function of different hearing aids
The course on Auditory Perception and Technology consists of two parts. The first part (6 weeks; prof Van Opstal, Biophysics) presents a thorough background of the basic neurobiological, functional and psychoacoustic properties of the auditory system. This will be achieved by integrating essential experimental and theoretical frameworks from biophysics (e.g. cochlear mechanics, auditory filters), human psychophysics (e.g. signal detection theory), and computational neuroscience and neurophysiology (e.g. spectro-temporal analysis in the CNS, and the neural encoding of sounds). These tools are applied to several psychoacoustic phenomena, and will also be applied in some simple psycho-acsoustic (dichotic) experiments to be carried out as assignements on the computer.
The second part of the course (2 weeks; prof Snik, ENT department RadboudUMC) focuses on the technology of restoring hearing function in the hearing impaired. First, different types of hearing impairments are described. The following hearing technologies will be discussed: (acoustic) hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing devices, middle-ear implant, the cochlear implant.
|Basic mathematics, including Fourier series, and elementary differential equations, basic use of Matlab (or equivalent)Bachelor physics, mathematics, informatics, medical biology, science, functional psychology, artificial intelligence|
|Written exam, with weighted averaging of results seminars and computer exam grade and practicals (70%-30%)|
|Admission: Master's students following the Neuroscience track at FNWI and students from the Cognitive Research Master (track2: Perception & Action, and track 4: Brain Networks & Neuronal Communication).
Elective course for students in the bachelor Minor Neuroscience.|