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Brain Res. 1985 Feb 18;327(1-2):331-5.

Sensitivity of cat primary auditory cortex (AI) neurons to the direction and rate of frequency modulation.


Responses of 65 single auditory cortex (AI) neurons to frequency-modulated (FM) sweeps with different rates and direction of frequency change were examined quantitatively. Most units responded differentially depending on the characteristics of the FM sweep stimulus. Sixty-five percent of the units encountered responded at least twice as well for one direction of the FM sweep as for the other direction. Of these direction selective neurons, 67% preferred downward-directed FM sweeps (i.e. changing from high to low frequencies) while only 33% preferred upward-directed FM sweeps. The preference for downward-directed FM sweeps was especially clear in EI cells. In addition, cortical neurons often displayed sensitivity to the rate of frequency modulation (speed sensitivity).

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