From: Budd TW et al. Neuroimage 2003; 20:1783
The inferior colliculi
(a) Three orthogonal slices, coronal,
horizontal, sagittal – centered on the
anatomically defined inferior colliculi (IC) –
white circles superimposed,
The special brightness of the
inferior colliculi may be
because they have the highest
blood flow in the brain even in
the absence of stimulation.
(b) Slices centered on the anatomical
center of medial geniculate bodies (MGB)
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Research Proposal
Speech understanding
Inferior colliculus lesions
Brainstem aphasia?

fMRI of the inferior colliculi
Testing strategies
Anticipated results

Working hypotheses
Language areas on fMRI
Effects of asphyxia at birth
Maturation of the brain
Time-table of myelination
Learning to speak "by ear"
Metabolism in the brain
Protective mechanisms
Catastrophic factors
Brainstem damage
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October 2006
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