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Tuning the cochlea: wave-mediated positive feedback between cells

Bell, James Andrew


Frequency analysis by the mammalian cochlea is traditionally thought to occur via a hydrodynamically coupled 'travelling wave' along the basilar membrane. A persistent difficulty with this picture is how sharp tuning can emerge. This paper proposes, and models, a supplementary or alternative mechanism: it supposes that the cochlea analyses sound by setting up standing waves between parallel rows of outer hair cells. In this scheme, multiple cells mutually interact through positive feedback of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Cybernetics
DOI: 10.1007/s00422-006-0134-0


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