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160028 SE The (Neuro-)Physiology and Psychology of Hearing (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Being on time for the first session is required in order to attend the course!
Attendance is limited to a max. of 20 students!
Language: german

This course starts with distance teaching, the first session will be held via Moodle/Bigbluebutton (not available yet).

Monday 01.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 08.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 22.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 12.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 19.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 10.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 17.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 31.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 07.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Monday 28.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Students, who finish this course
1. kno wthe anatomic structure of the central nervous system (CNS, basically: the brain),
2. understand the (neuro-)physiological processes of hearing,
3. know the fundamental integrative mechanisms of the auditory system (like streaming, perception of pitch, etc.)
4. know the respective literature,
5. learn to process and provide scientific contents in oral form (presentation), and
6. learn to structure and summarize scientific contents in form of an articulate text (seminar paper).

1. mechanoelectrical transduction (transduction in the inner ear, activation of the auditory nerve, cochlear potentials, etc.)
2. neuro anatomy (structure of the central nervous system, neurons in general, and the auditory pathway from the spiral ganglion in the inner ear up to the auditory cortex)
3. neurophysiological phenomenons (auditory integration, pitch proceesing, emotional responses, etc.)
4. neuronal hearing disorders (tinnitus, amusia)

Due to the difficult circumstances, this course is a priori planned as distance learning. It will be held via BigBlueButton in moodle. Still, it is meant to resemble a “normal” (presence) course as much as possible.

This course wants to
1. acquain the students with the respective scientific literature. Therefore, for every section a especially introduced scientific paper will must be read in preparation (home work).
2. support the critical investigation of scientific content. Therefore, interactive discussion will be a big part.
3. further tutor the independent processing and presentation of scientific content. therefore, a selected topic has to be presented in oral (presentation) and written form (seminar paper).

Classroom teaching:
Please note, that the option of switching back to classroom teaching is explicitly kept alive if, at some point down the road, circumstances and regulations allow it. When that moment comes, the decision will be discussed among the participants of this course.

Assessment and permitted materials

In order to finish the course, students have to:
1. attend the sessions on a regular basis,
2. contribute actively,
3. prepare for the separate topics (read papers at home)
4. give an oral presentation on a selected topic, and
5. deliver a written text on a selected topic.

Please note: Slots in courses with continuous assessment are limited and sometimes coveted. Therefore, the following general rule applies: whoever registers and does not deregister on time(!) will receive a grade, no matter what.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements:
Credit as BAC: PRO
Credit as M02, M03, M05: none
Credit as M09: none

so there is another implicit requirement: somewhat fluent German.

The final grade will be based on a scoring system. A respective table will be provided and explained at the start of the semester.

Examination topics

See “Content” and “Objectives”.

Reading list

Selected literature for preparation purposes (not mandatory):

Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science:
Fuchs, Paul A. (Hrsg.) 2010. „The Ear. The Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science“. Bd. 1, New
York, NY, Oxford Univ. Press.

Rees, Adrian; Palmer, Alan R. (Hrsg.) 2010. „The auditory Brain. The Oxford Handbook of
Auditory Science“. Bd. 2, New York, NY, Oxford Univ. Press.

Plack, Christopher J. (Hrsg.) 2010. „Hearing. The Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science“. Bd.
3, New York, NY, Oxford Univ. Press.
Peretz, Isabelle; Zatorre, Robert J. (Hrsg.) 2003. The cognitive neuroscience of music. Oxford, UK, Oxford Univ. Press.
Seikel, J. Anthony et al. 2020. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology for speech and hearing sciences. San Diego, CA, Plural.

Association in the course directory

MA: M02, M03, M05, M09

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:17