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Rhythmic bursts of electrical activity from cells in ear teach brain how to hear

May 21, 2014

biology graphic A precise rhythm of electrical impulses transmitted from cells in the inner ear coaches the brain, how to hear, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The ear generates spontaneous electrical activity to trigger a response in the brain before hearing actually begins, said senior investigator Karl Kandler, Ph.D., a professor of otolaryngology and neurobiology. Full Story

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