Modified spike-triggered averaging to assess rat auditory cortex time-frequency receptive fields

Abirami Muralidharan, Olga Escanilla, Patrick J. Rousche

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Abstract

Receptive fields have been used as a tool to study the functional organization of the auditory system in several animals. In this study, they have been used to characterize the primary auditory cortex of rats, specifically to address the differences in auditory processing at different depths of the cortex. The depths chosen; 500, 800 and 1300 μm correspond to layers IV, V and VI of the cortex [1, 2]. This study aims at quantifying the differences in the receptive field in terms of changes in latency, differences in tuning curves, spectral bandwidth and the complexity of the receptive fields. The following preliminary trends were observed: the mean peak latency changes from 10 ± 4 ms at a depth of 500 μm to 46 ± 13.08 ms at a depth of 1300 μm. Mean spectral bandwidth changes from 6.4 ± 0.95 KHz at 500 μm to 8.9 ± 1.73 KHz at 800 μm to 8 ± 2.53 KHz at 1300 μm. The mean temporal width changes with increasing depth from 13.6 ± 1.15 ms at 500 ms to 9.4 ± 1.88 ms at 1300 μm. Quantitative characterization of the receptive field can be used to generate mathematical models of the auditory neurons, which could aid the computation of stimulation levels for implantable cortical prosthetics. Preliminary data from our experiment on three animals has been presented here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Pages4560-4563
Number of pages4
Volume26 VI
StatePublished - 2004
EventConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 1 2004Sep 5 2004

Other

OtherConference Proceedings - 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2004
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/1/049/5/04

Keywords

  • Auditory Neuroprosthesis
  • Best Frequency
  • Latency
  • Receptive fields
  • Spectral bandwidth

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