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Hear Res. 1995 Oct;90(1-2):219-27.

Neuronal correlates of perceptual amplitude-modulation detection.

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Département de Psychologie Cognitive, Université Lumière Lyon II, Bron, France.


The goal of the present paper is to relate the coding of amplitude modulation (AM) in the auditory pathway to the behavioral detection performance. To address this issue, the detectability of AM was estimated by modelling a single neuron located in the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus (IC). The computational model is based on cochlear nucleus responses and a coincidence detection mechanism. The model replicated the main feature of the neuronal AM transfer function, namely a bandpass function. The IC-unit model was initially tuned to a 200-Hz modulation frequency. A single neurometric function for AM detection at this modulation frequency was generated using a 2-interval, 2-alternative forced-choice paradigm. On each trial of the experiments, AM was taken to be correctly detected by the model if the number of spikes in response to the modulated signal exceeded the number of spikes in an otherwise identical interval that contained an unmodulated signal. Psychometric functions for 4 human subjects were also measured under the same stimulus conditions. Comparison of the simulated neurometric and psychometric functions suggested that there was sufficient information in the rate response of an IC neuron well-tuned in the modulation-frequency domain to support behavioral detection performance.

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