Auditory pathway – Mnemonic

The mnemonic for remembering the components of the auditory pathway:


  • 8th nerve
  • Cochlear nucleus
  • Superior olivary complex
  • Lateral lemniscus
  • Inferior colliculus
  • Medial geniculate body
  • Auditory Cortex (Brodmann’s area 41)

The first 2 components are not included in this mnemonic. Just remember that the auditory pathway starts with the auditory nerve, goes to its nucleus (cochlear nucleus) and then suddenly turns into slime (visualise this) – SLIMA.


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