What does the essay title mean by encoding?

Question by dragonzfriend: What does the essay title mean by encoding?
In an essay title I have for the psychology section of my biology course part of the question is “how does the brain encode sound?” Is it talking about the ear, i.e. sound to electrical impulses or is it about stuff that happens in the brain because we didn’t study that so much….
Basically, what does the question mean by encoding?
Also, any advice on the essay answer itself would be welcome too
Thanks :)

Best answer:

Answer by LLLK
i think they mean recognition of sound.

Try to think of it this way, when you hear an ambulance siren, this triggers a mental picture of the ambulance, and it might even trigger a feeling of alarm or worry. All this might even trigger a memory.

Advice on the essay (if it IS on psychology, and not pure biology):

Right a bit on how sound and music can be used influence moods, for example on shoppers. look at this link for example! http://www.suite101.com/content/music-psychology–behavior-a53371

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  1. eli said,

    Wrote on April 29, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    The neuronal encoding of sound is the representation of auditory sensation and perception in the nervous system. The neuronal encoding of sound is the representation of auditory sensation and perception in the nervous system. From the ear the pathway of primary auditory processing and encoding is ear->primary auditory cortex->superior temporal gyrus of the temporal lobe.

    Other pathways are involved for the encoding of the memory or for the processing of the information that the sound tells your brain regarding spatial arrangement in comparison to the world around you. Sensory information such as this is important for adaptation to the environment, equilibrium,balance, and movement.

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