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Seeing with the ears – neurobiology of echolocation in bats

Prof. Dr. Manfred Kössl, Institute for Cell Biology and Neuroscience


Hearing is the most important of all its senses for a bat, and it is adapted to precise and highly sensitive detection of echolocation signals. Bats are top performers when it comes to processing time and resolving tone pitch. They use numerous evolved adaptations to occupy many different sensory ecological niches. This talk will present neurological mechanisms that are not only essential for echolocation, but also represent an exciting model system for human hearing and speech recognition.

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