Audio on the brain for scientists in America

By Laura E Cox

According to this morning’s Metro Mini Cosm column, it’s possible to ignore the noise of a city, and it’s all thanks to bats.

Scientists have found that neurons exist in bat brains, which tell some neurons to be quite, and others to ‘yell louder’.

This way, the bats are able to block out insignificant racket, and concentrate on what is the most important.

Bridget Queenan of Georgetown University in the US has said: ‘we can now start to piece together how the cells in your brain deal with the complex environment we live in’.

What will this mean for research into audio usage? How much of what we hear to we actually listen to?


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Small fish in a big pond, trying to accept life on life's terms 'You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore' - Christopher Columbus
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