A wave traveling over a Hopf instability shapes the cochlear tuning curve.

@article{Magnasco2003AWT,
  title={A wave traveling over a Hopf instability shapes the cochlear tuning curve.},
  author={Marcelo Magnasco},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2003},
  volume={90 5},
  pages={058101}
}
The tuning curve of the cochlea measures how intense an input is required to elicit a given output level as a function of the frequency. It is a fundamental object of auditory theory, for it summarizes how to identify sounds on the basis of the cochlear output. A simple model is presented showing that only two elements are sufficient for establishing the cochlear tuning curve: a broadly tuned traveling wave, moving unidirectionally from high to low frequencies, and a set of mechanosensors… CONTINUE READING

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