Encoding and Decoding of Space in the Mammalian Auditory System

Prof. Benedikt Grothe is one of the leading figures of systemic and comparative neuroscience. His research is focused on the neural mechanisms behind temporal auditory processing, having extensively studied sound localization and sound recognition. His lifetime’s work successfully challenged and changed some previously widely accepted neuroscientific norms of hearing mechanisms, so we can now better understand the complex neural representation of sound. 

Sound localization is a crucial process in predators and prey alike – it assured the survival of mammals ever since their first appearance about 200 million years ago. However, despite being a primal function of the mammalian brain, localizing sound has a more complex mechanism than what we previously thought. Prof. Grothe and his team have discovered that neuronal inhibition plays an important role in how time is used by the brain to represent space.


Benedikt Grothe

Prof. Benedikt Grothe is best known for his research in the field of comparative neuroscience. He is currently a member of the Bavarian Academy of Science, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and a Fellow of the Max Planck Society. He is a Professor of Neurobiology at LMU. He is also the Founder and Speaker of Munich Center for Neuroscience – Brain and Mind, MCN, as well as the Founder and Director of Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, GSN.

Prof. Grothe has published over 100 papers in notable scientific journals, such as Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience and Nature Communications. 

Prof. Grothe is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, such as the Research Award of the German Audiological Society and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.