Rodent study reveals noise-induced hearing loss is associated with elevated expression of proinflammatory cytokines and microglia activation in the primary auditory cortex. Pharmacologically depleting microglia helps prevent tinnitus in mice with noise-induced hearing loss.
Study of macaque monkeys reveals speech and music may have shaped the human brain's auditory networks. Researchers found specific areas of the human brain have a stronger preference for pitch than that of primates, raising the possibility certain sounds, which are embedded in music and speech, may have shaped the organization of our brains.
A small, preliminary study helps researchers identify a region of the brain that specializes in the processing of auditory words.
Multisensory gamma wave stimulation improves recognition and spatial memory, in addition to reducing amyloid in the auditory cortex and hippocampal CA1 areas of mice. Findings suggest such sensory stimulation boosts hippocampal function and reduces Alzheimer's linked pathologies throughout the neocortex.
A new neuroimaging study reveals imagination may help people with fear or anxiety disorders overcome them. The study reports imagining a threat can alter the way it is represented in the brain.
A new study reports children on the autism spectrum who participate in musical activities have significantly improved social communication skills than those who are not exposed to music therapy.
Researchers report the brain is not only able to anticipate the conclusion of sentences, it can also anticipate an auditory stimulus and determine the phonemes or specific words a speaker is going to pronounce.
Researchers report different brain areas are activated when a guitarists and beatboxers hear previously unheard tracks by their instrument of choice. Beatboxers, researchers say, show increased activation in brain areas that control mouth movements, where as guitarists show activation in areas that control hand movements. The study sheds light on understanding brain areas involved in auditory perception.