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Neuroreport. 1996 Jul 29;7(11):1749-55.

Facilitative responses to species-specific calls in cortical FM-FM neurons of the mustached bat.

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Department of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA.

Abstract

FM-FM neurons in the auditory cortex of the mustached bat are highly specialized for echolocation, responding facilitatively to the combination of frequency modulated (FM) components of biosonar pulse and its echo. Here we propose they are also specialized for processing bat communication calls. FM-FM neurons respond facilitatively to natural call syllable pairs, and exhibit inter-syllable interval tuning to the natural range of intervals. Our results support a role for 'combination-sensitive' neurons in communication, and suggest that cortical neurons can possess multiple distinct specialized modes of response.

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