Title

Sound direction modifies the inhibitory as well as the excitatory frequency tuning characteristics of single neurons in the frog torus semicircularis (inferior colliculus)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Publication Title

Journal of Comparative Physiology - A Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology

Volume

182

Issue

6

First Page

725

Last Page

735

DOI

10.1007/s003590050217

Abstract

Single-unit recordings were made from the frog inferior colliculus to determine whether or not the direction-dependent sharpening of a unit's free-field excitatory frequency-threshold curve (FTC(e)) was accompanied by a broadening of its inhibitory frequency-threshold curve (FTC(i)). To determine the FTC(i), a two-tone-suppression paradigm was employed. The unit's FTC(i)s and FTC(e)s were collected at three azimuths: contralateral to the recording site, ipsilateral to the recording site, and frontal midline. The result showed that: (1) most inferior colliculus neurons (95%) displayed two-tone suppression, (2) the majority (54%) of neurons displayed stronger two-tone-suppression leading to broader FTC(i)s when the sound was presented from the ipsilateral side than from the contralateral side, (3) for some neurons, the borders of the FTC(e)s and FTC(i)s were closely aligned, and this juxtaposition persisted at all sound azimuths (namely, when a change in sound direction produced a narrowing of a unit's FTC(e), its FTC(i) was broadened concomitantly). For the remaining neurons, however, direction-dependent sharpening of the FTC(e) was not accompanied by an increase in two-tone-suppression. The neural mechanisms that underlie the direction-dependent changes in the FTC(e)s and FTC(i)s are discussed.

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