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Cafe Scientifique

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You are cordially invited to come and chat with a scientist about an interesting and/or controversial science topic.  Patterned after the International Cafe Scientifique, the Science Department has initiated an outreach program to promote public interest in science.
Our goal is simply to have regularly scheduled sessions for informal discussions of scientific topics.

Schuler Books & Music
Meridian Mall, Okemos
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00pm

A Crash Course in Auditory Neuroscience

The ability to hear sounds and to communicate through speech or vocalizations is hugely important for humans and animals alike. In animals, hearing is used for predator evasion or hunting, and through conspecific vocalizations also for litter care, finding a mate or defending a territory. For humans, being able to hear and understand speech is probably the most important task of the auditory system, and the inability to understand speech after hearing loss is a main contributor to a decrease in quality of life. Over one third of persons over 65 years are affected by disabling hearing loss, and nearly 1 billion young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices through personal listening devices. In my talk, Dr. David Goyer will review the auditory system and how it is able to perceive sounds, and spend some time on his own work showing how the auditory system is able to extract cues that are important for sound source localization and speech understanding.

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Please join us.  If you have any questions, please contact Alan O'Keefe by phone at (517) 483-1110 or e-mail at

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