Auditory response properties of neurons in the anterior ectosylvian sulcus of the cat

J. C. Clarey, D. R.F. Irvine

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The auditory response properties of single neurons in the fundus and banks of the anterior ectosylvian sulcus (AES) were studied with simple dichotic stimuli (viz. noise- and tone-bursts) in cats anaesthetized with α-chloralose. Neurons within AES showed simple onset responses, were most commonly excited by stimulation of both ears, and showed either broad tuning or multiple high best frequencies. Some neurons were also tested for visual responsiveness and it was found that auditory cells and visual cells were intermingled within the sulcus. A small percentage of cells responded to both auditory and visual stimulation. Overall, the response properties of AES neurons differed from those of nearby auditory cortical fields. The region of AES studied appears to be outside the recently defined fourth somatosensory area (SIV), but overlaps para-SIV found deeper in the sulcus. It appears that deep within the sulcus and along most of its length there is a population of auditory, somatosensory and visual cells; to delineate this auditory population from the surrounding auditory cortical fields this region has been designated Field AES.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-19
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 1986


  • Anterior ectosylvian sulcus
  • Auditory response
  • Cat
  • Single unit

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