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Brain Res. 1991 Feb 15;541(2):252-6.

Auditory receptive area in the cerebellar hemisphere is surrounded by somatosensory areas.

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Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Basic Life Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City 64110-2499.


We mapped the neuronal discharges in response to sound in the granule cell layer of the cerebellar hemisphere of the rat. An auditory receptive area was located in the lateral part of Crus IIb. The size of the auditory area was approx. 1 mm2. It was surrounded by somatosensory receptive areas representing the regions in and around the mouth, particularly the lips, the incisors, and areas inside the mouth. Frequency selectivity of neurons in the auditory area was so broad that it resembled the audiogram of the ear of the animal. The auditory responses were not particularly sensitive to binaural intensity differences. On the basis of the response properties of these neurons to sound and the receptive field properties of the adjacent somatosensory areas, we suggest that the function of the auditory area in the cerebellar hemisphere may be in the control of movements involved in vocalization.

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