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Hearing: Elegant Biology Underlies Incredible Behaviors   

Hearing is vital for the behaviors of many species, from human speech to songbird courtship. Biology inherent to audition is supremely elegant, and this course will explore how the biology of auditory systems underlies many behavioral feats. This course is technical (diving into biology!) and involves a mixture of lectures, discussion, and optional out-of-class reading. The course will begin with a neuroscience crash course and discussion of how biology defines our perceptions. Next, a brief overview of sound will be presented before focusing on the immaculate anatomy of the human ear and how incredible it is that we as a species hear anything. The course will then shift emphasis to the brain, auditory diseases, and novel treatments. The course will conclude with a survey of the impressive diversity of hearing across the animal kingdom from flies to bats.

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