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Hear Res. 1999 May;131(1-2):89-106.

Monaural response properties of single neurons in the chinchilla inferior colliculus.

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Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE 68131, USA.


The responses of 274 inferior colliculus (IC) central nucleus neurons from 20 chinchillas were studied. Characteristic frequency (CF) increased as the IC was traversed in the dorsal-ventral direction. Most units had little or no spontaneous activity, with a mean threshold for response of about 30 dB SPL across all units. Tuning curve width varied between units, with a significant increase in Q20, with increasing CF. Peri-stimulus time histogram (PSTH) types were similar to those reported for cat inferior colliculus units. Transient, sustained, pauser, and buildup types were observed, with transient responses predominating. Response area (RA) types were also similar to those of cat IC units, with most units displaying stable best frequencies across a range of stimulus intensity levels. For a few units, excitatory RA regions were surrounded by inhibitory sidebands. Nonmonotonic discharge rate vs. stimulus intensity level functions were common in all CF ranges and for all PSTH and RA types. Mean first spike latencies, however, differed across PSTH groups, owing to the temporal definitions of these PSTH shapes. Latencies of sustained units were significantly longer than those of transient units, and buildup PSTHs showed significantly longer latencies than any other group.

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