Sensory systems, such as the visual or auditory system, are highly non linear. It is therefore not easy to predict the effect of additive inputs on the spiking activity of related brain structures. Here, we propose two metrics to study the effect of additive covariates on the spiking activity of neurons. These metrics are directly obtained from a generalized linear model. We apply these metrics to the study of the effect of additive input audio noise on the spiking activity of neurons in the auditory system. To do so, we combine clean vocalisations with natural stationary or non-stationary noises and record activity in the auditory system while presenting the noisy vocalisations. We found that non-stationary noise has a greater effect on the neural activity than stationary noise. We observe that the results, obtained using the proposed metrics, is more consistent with current knowledge in auditory neuroscience than the results obtained when using a common metric from the literature, the extraction index.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jul 2019|
|Event||41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019 - Berlin, Germany|
Duration: Jul 23 2019 → Jul 27 2019
|Name||Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS|
|Conference||41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019|
|Period||7/23/19 → 7/27/19|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
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