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Re: Function of Cochlear Nucleus cell types

In addition I would like to add that the answers should also describe why the cochlea is shaped like it is. This is to satisfy the old dictum in biology, "form follows function", which as far as I know has never been answered. But if it is, maybe a reference could be added. There seems to be a lot of effort based on the reverse, "function follows form", and I have been wondering whether that there is any truth in that? Thanks for bringing this up to start the New Year, looking forward to the responses. Best regards,
Randy Randhawa

On 1/5/2014 9:25 PM, Richard F. Lyon wrote:
I've been trying to understand and summarize what's known or theorized about the function of various cochlear nucleus cell types. There's a lot of info on response patterns to tone bursts, speech, tones in noise, etc., and a lot known about where some of the different cell types are in the CN and where they project to, but I'm having trouble finding much on the "why" or the signal processing function that these different patterns serve. The synchrony-enhancing bushy cells project to the olivary complex, so it makes sense that they are part of the binaural localization function. But what about all the others? Where can I find good theories about these?