COGS2030 – Hearing and Brain Semester 2 2021
Convener: Paul Sowman
Teaching Staff: Paul Sowman, Harvey Dillon, Brent Edwards, Amanda Barnier, Mridula Sharma, Iain Giblin, Michael Proctor
Tutors: Ghasem Azemi, Ioanna Anastasopoulou
Time: Tues 9:30 – 11:00
Practicals and Tutorials: TBA
Unit description: Hearing is of fundamental importance for human cognition and communication and reflects the complex interplay of physical, biological, and psychological processes. This unit will provide a detailed introduction to the cognitive neuroscience of hearing. Topics will include the neuroanatomy and physiology of the auditory system; development and plasticity; how the brain is organised to achieve identification and localisation of sound sources; and how the auditory system interacts with motor, speech, and language systems in the brain. Drawing on cutting-edge research done at Macquarie University, the unit will also cover the science behind cochlear implants and the effects of hearing loss on cognition.
Tutorials include hands-on activities in which students will learn the fundamentals of digital signal acquisition, processing and analysis of sounds and speech.
Recommended text: Schnupp J, Nelkin I, King A (2012). Auditory Neuroscience. MIT Press: Cambridge MA. Links to readings and extra materials are provided in the iLearn page for the unit.
Prereqs: COGS1000 or PSYU1104 or PSYU1105
Additional info: Lectures will include contributions from staff in the Department of Cognitive Science and the Department of Linguistics. Tutorials include hands-on lab sessions (MATLAB-based digital signal processing) and content review sessions.
Pattern: 1.5 hr weekly on-line lectures, 13 x 1.5 hr tutorials