Auditory cortex represents the highest level of the auditory system in mammals. While much is known about the processing features and structures of subcortical auditory circuits, the specific roles of even the major auditory cortical areas remain somewhat elusive. Much detail is known about how bat echolocation calls are processed in bat auditory cortex, but similar investigations into auditory cortex of other species have not revealed the same degree of organization. This article discusses the current generally accepted structure of unspecialized auditory cortex and examines some of the outstanding questions related to auditory cortex research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - 2009


  • Auditory cortex
  • Bat
  • Broca's area
  • Cat
  • Circuit
  • Cortical column
  • Echolocation
  • Lemniscal
  • Medial geniculate
  • Neocortex
  • Paralemniscal
  • Primate
  • Projection
  • Rat
  • Sensory processing
  • Telencephalon
  • Tonotopy
  • Topography
  • Wernicke's area


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