Prior Experience Biases Subcortical Sensitivity to Sound Patterns

@article{Skoe2015PriorEB,
  title={Prior Experience Biases Subcortical Sensitivity to Sound Patterns},
  author={Erika Skoe and Jennifer Krizman and Emily Spitzer and Nina Kraus},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2015},
  volume={27},
  pages={124-140}
}
To make sense of our ever-changing world, our brains search out patterns. This drive can be so strong that the brain imposes patterns when there are none. The opposite can also occur: The brain can overlook patterns because they do not conform to expectations. In this study, we examined this neural sensitivity to patterns within the auditory brainstem, an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain that can be fine-tuned by experience and is integral to an array of cognitive functions. We have… CONTINUE READING
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