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Chem Senses. 2001 Jun;26(5):577-84.

Receptive fields in the rat piriform cortex.

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Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA.


Current models of odor discrimination in mammals involve molecular feature detection by a large family of diverse olfactory receptors, refinement of molecular feature extraction through precise projections of olfactory receptor neurons to the olfactory bulb to form an odor-specific spatial map of molecular features across glomerular layer, and synthesis of these features into odor objects within the piriform cortex. This review describes our recent work on odor and spatial receptive fields within the anterior piriform cortex and compares these fields with receptive fields of their primary afferent, olfactory bulb mitral/tufted cells. The results suggest that receptive fields in the piriform cortex are ensemble in nature, highly dynamic, and may contribute to odor discrimination and odor memory.

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