Cochlear Nucleus

Eric D. Young, Donata Oertel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The cochlear nucleus contains the circuits through which information about sound is coupled to the brain. In the cochlear nucleus, fibers of the auditory nerve contact neurons that form multiple, parallel representations of the acoustic environment. These circuits vary from simple synapses that preserve the timing of auditory events to complex neuropils that are sensitive to features that identify sounds. This chapter discusses the organization of the cochlear nucleus, covering cell types, synaptic connections, membrane properties and integration of inputs, models of somatic and dendritic properties, and circuit functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Synaptic Organization of the Brain
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864447
ISBN (Print)019515956X, 9780195159561
StatePublished - Jan 8 2004


  • Auditory nerves
  • Membrane properties
  • Neurons
  • Sounds
  • Synaptic connections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Young, E. D., & Oertel, D. (2004). Cochlear Nucleus. In The Synaptic Organization of the Brain Oxford University Press.