How challenges in auditory fMRI led to general advancements for the field

Thomas M. Talavage*, Deborah A. Hall

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In the early years of fMRI research, the auditory neuroscience community sought to expand its knowledge of the underlying physiology of hearing, while also seeking to come to grips with the inherent acoustic disadvantages of working in the fMRI environment. Early collaborative efforts between prominent auditory research laboratories and prominent fMRI centers led to development of a number of key technical advances that have subsequently been widely used to elucidate principles of auditory neurophysiology. Perhaps the key imaging advance was the simultaneous and parallel development of strategies to use pulse sequences in which the volume acquisitions were "clustered," providing gaps in which stimuli could be presented without direct masking. Such sequences have become widespread in fMRI studies using auditory stimuli and also in a range of translational research domains. This review presents the parallel stories of the people and the auditory neurophysiology research that led to these sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-647
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2012


  • Auditory cortex
  • Clustered volume acquisitions
  • Sparse sampling
  • Tonotopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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