Ever wonder how your ears and brain work together to help you process the notes of a sonata or the pounding of a jackhammer? The cochlea, a spiral-shaped structure in the ear, transforms sound vibrations in the air into electrical signals the brain can use. Scientists mapped the location of a protein that is key to this hearing process in the auditory hair cells of the mouse cochlea (highlighted in green above).
Michael W. Richardson
Michael W. Richardson is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York, covering topics ranging from the brain and behavior to the environment.
Popular articles on BrainFacts.org
Our editors' picks from this month's articles.
Check out the Image of the Week Archive.
Do you believe any of these common neuromyths? Test your knowledge.
Some pages on this website provide links that require Adobe Reader to view.
Copyright © 2017 Society for Neuroscience