The layering of auditory experiences in driving experience-dependent subcortical plasticity

Erika Skoe*, Bharath Chandrasekaran

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this review article, we focus on recent studies of experiential influences on brainstem function. Using these studies as scaffolding, we then lay the initial groundwork for the Layering Hypothesis, which explicates how experiences combine to shape subcortical auditory function. Our hypothesis builds on the idea that the subcortical auditory system reflects the collective auditory experiences of an individual, including interactions with sound that occurred in the distant past. Our goal for this article is to begin to shift the field away from examining the effect of single experiences to examining how different auditory experiences layer or superimpose on each other.This article is part of a Special Issue entitled <Annual Reviews 2014>.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-48
Number of pages13
JournalHearing research
Volume311
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems

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