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Course Description

The Neurobiology of Hearing provides an introduction to the auditory system and current research in auditory neuroscience. This field is a microcosm of neuroscience, in general, and the interdisciplinary approach embodied by neuroscience. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the peripheral and central auditory system and the neurobiological basis of sound processing. The course is taught by a faculty drawn from UConn at UConn Health and Storrs, the Institute for Neuroscience at University of Salamanca, and Johns Hopkins Medical School plus guest lectures who in past years have come from the MRC Institute of Hearing, University of Leicester, and University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom and the University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and Duke University in the USA. The diverse areas of expertise of the faculty guarantees that the students will be exposed to different aspects of auditory research and neuroscience including synaptic physiology, neural circuitry, acoustics, auditory physiology, and behavior. The diversity also guarantees that the student will not be bored by a single professor. Students will be assessed on their classroom participation, papers, and critiques of papers. Students will receive grades based on exams and papers in which they propose a hypothesis-driven experiment directly related to previous lectures in the course. Students also will be graded on their critiques of papers by other students. There will be student presentations of research proposals the final week.

The course also includes a short course in Neuroscience Methods. This requires a trip to Prague in the Czech Republic to the Institute for Experimental Medicine at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague where there is a large group of scientists that also study the neurobiology of hearing.


Recommended Texts

  • Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense of Sound [Hardcover] Jan Schnupp (Author), Israel Nelken (Author), Andrew J King (Author)  Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (November 12, 2010) ISBN-10: 026211318X;  ISBN-13: 978-0262113182; Kindle edition available.
  • Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science The Ear, The Auditory Brain, Hearing (3 volume pack) [Hardcover] David Moore (Author), Paul Fuchs (Author), Alan Palmer (Author), Adrian Rees (Author), Christopher Plack (Author) ISBN-10: 019958141X | ISBN-13: 978-0199581412 | Publication Date: March 12, 2010 | Edition: 1; Volume 1: The Ear (edited by Paul Fuchs); Volume 2: The Auditory Brain (edited by Alan Palmer and Adrian Rees); Volume 3: Hearing (edited by Chris Plack).
  • Fundamentals of Hearing, Fifth Edition: An Introduction William A. Yost. Emerald Group Publishing Limited; 5 edition (October 2, 2006) ISBN-10: 0123704731; ISBN-13: 978-0123704733.

The Neurobiology of Hearing is part of the Neuroscience Study Abroad Program in Salamanca Spain, and it is taught in the summer in Spain. This course is for graduate students in neuroscience and hearing research and upper level undergraduate students with majors in biology, neurobiology, audiology, biomedical engineering, or other premedical majors.

Visit the Neuroscience Study Abroad Program for more information.


May 22, 2017 to June 22, 2017 – Five weeks.


Monday through Thursday, 2 hours/day, 40 hours total, 12 to 2 p.m.
Paper due Tuesday; critique due Wednesday.


Institute for Neuroscience of Castilla y Leon
University of Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain


Douglas L. Oliver, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice-Chair
Department of Neuroscience
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