A neuron in the brain stem, that processes acoustic information. Depending on the situation, the cell generates action potentials in the axon (thin process) either close to or far from the body. Photo: Felix Felmy.

Research: Nerve Cells Adapt to Acoustic Signals

Researchers in Munich have found that, depending on the input signal, neurons generate action potentials either near or far away from the cell body. This flexibility improves our ability to localize sound sources, say the scientists.