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Neuron. 2001 Feb;29(2):509-18.

Eye position influences auditory responses in primate inferior colliculus.

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Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, 6207 Moore Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA.


We examined the frame of reference of auditory responses in the inferior colliculus in monkeys fixating visual stimuli at different locations. Eye position modulated the level of auditory responses in 33% of the neurons we encountered, but it did not appear to shift their spatial tuning. The effect of eye position on auditory responses was substantial-comparable in magnitude to that of sound location. The eye position signal appeared to interact with the auditory responses in at least a partly multiplicative fashion. We conclude that the representation of sound location in primate IC is distributed and that the frame of reference is intermediate between head- and eye-centered coordinates. The information contained in these neurons appears to be sufficient for later neural stages to calculate the positions of sounds with respect to the eyes.

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