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Neural coding of repetitive clicks in the medial geniculate body of cat.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7319935     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The activity of 418 medial geniculate body (MGB) units was studied in response to repetitive acoustic pulses in 35 nitrous oxide anaesthetized cats. The proportion of MGB neurons insensitive to repetitive clicks was close to 30%. On the basis of their pattern of discharge, the responsive units were divided into three categories. The majority of them (71%), classified as "lockers', showed discharges precisely time-locked to the individual clicks of the train. A few units (8%), called "groupers', had discharges loosely synchronized to low-rate repetitive clicks. When the spikes were not synchronized, the cell had transient or sustained responses for a limited frequency range and was classified as a "special responder' (21%). Responses of "lockers' were time-locked up to a limiting rate, which varied between 10 and 800 Hz; half of the "lockers' had a limiting rate of locking equal to or higher than 100 Hz. The degree of entrainment, defined as the probability that each click evokes at least one spike, regularly decreases for increasing rates; on the other hand, the precision of locking increasing increases with frequency. The time jitter observed at 100 Hz might be as small as 0.2 ms and was 1.2 ms on average. The population of "lockers' can mark with precision the transients of complex sounds and has response properties still compatible with a temporal coding of the fundamental frequency of most animal vocalizations.
E Rouiller; Y de Ribaupierre; A Toros-Morel; F de Ribaupierre
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hearing research     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0378-5955     ISO Abbreviation:  Hear. Res.     Publication Date:  1981 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-03-13     Completed Date:  1982-03-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7900445     Medline TA:  Hear Res     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-100     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Evoked Potentials, Auditory*
Geniculate Bodies / physiology*
Neurons, Afferent / physiology
Reaction Time
Time Factors

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