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Complexity of Hearing


  • Albert Kern

    () (Institute of Neuroinformatics, University/ETH Zurich)

  • Ruedi Stoop

    () (Institute of Neuroinformatics, University/ETH Zurich)


The formation of complex patterns in physical or biological systems is often caused by the interaction of many low (Kolmogorov) complexity systems, leading to emergent collective effects. In this contribution, we demonstrate how complex processing of acoustic signals by the peripheral auditory system may emerge from the interaction of a number of Hopf bifurcators, which serve as the fundamental low-complexity mechanisms in a biophysical cochlea model. This analysis requires that adequate notions of complexity for acoustical signals and for the involved processing mechanisms are developed.

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  • Albert Kern & Ruedi Stoop, "undated". "Complexity of Hearing," Modeling, Computing, and Mastering Complexity 2003 23, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:cplx03:23

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    hearing; complexity; cochlea; active amplification; Hopf bifurcation; collective behavior;

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    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General


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