Multiple-band trigger features of midbrain auditory neurons revealed in composite spectro-temporal receptive fields

Tzai-Wen Chiu, Paul W.F. Poon*

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Abstract

Receptive fields of single units in the auditory midbrain of anesthetized rats were studied using random FM-tone stimuli of narrow frequency-ranges. Peri-spike averaging of the modulating waveform first produced a spectro-temporal receptive field (STRF). Combining STRFs obtained from the same unit at different frequency regions generated a composite receptive field covering a wider frequency range of 2 to 3 octaves. About 20% of the composite STRFs (26/122) showed a pattern of multiple-bands which were not clear in the non-composite maps. Multiple-bands in a given composite map were often oriented in the same direction (representing upward or downward FM ramp) separated at rather regular frequency intervals. They reflect multiple FM trigger features in the stimulus rather than repetitive firing to a single trigger feature. Results showed that the subcortical auditory pathways are capable of detecting multiple FM features and such sensitivity could be useful in detecting multiple-harmonic FM bands present in the vocalization sounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalChinese Journal of Physiology
Volume50
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Frequency modulation
  • Inferior coilieulus
  • STRF
  • Trigger feature
  • Vocalization sound

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