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Temporal information in the responses of auditory neurons to sustained sounds has been studied mostly with periodic stimuli, using measures that are based on Fourier analysis. Less information is available on temporal aspects of responses to nonperiodic wideband sounds. We recorded responses to a reference Gaussian noise and its polarity-inverted version in(More)
The standard procedure to study temporal encoding of sound waveforms in the auditory system has been Fourier analysis of responses to periodic stimuli. We introduce a new metric--correlation index (CI)--which is based on a simple counting of spike coincidences. It can be used for responses to aperiodic stimuli and does not require knowledge of the stimulus.(More)
Binaural auditory neurons exhibit "best delays" (BDs): They are maximally activated at certain acoustic delays between sounds at the two ears and thereby signal spatial sound location. BDs arise from delays internal to the auditory system, but their source is controversial. According to the classic Jeffress model, they reflect pure time delays generated by(More)
Compared with auditory nerve (AN) fibers, trapezoid body (TB) fibers of the cat show enhanced synchronization to low-frequency tones. This phenomenon probably contributes to the high temporal resolution of binaural processing. We examined whether enhanced synchronization also occurs to sustained broadband noise. We recorded responses to a reference Gaussian(More)
Binaural neurons show remarkable sensitivity to temporal differences in the waveforms at the two ears. This ability obviously requires temporal coding of sound waveforms in the monaural afferents that converge on such binaural neurons. We introduce a new analysis to investigate how well responses of single monaural neurons support discrimination of(More)
II. Auditory nerve. Low-frequency neurons in the inferior colliculus (IC) show a damped oscillatory response as a function of interaural time differences (ITDs) of broadband noise. It was previously shown that several features of such noise-delay functions are well predicted by the composite curve, generated by the linear summation of responses to tones(More)
The quality of temporal coding of sound waveforms in the monaural afferents that converge on binaural neurons in the brainstem limits the sensitivity to temporal differences at the two ears. The anteroventral cochlear nucleus (AVCN) houses the cells that project to the binaural nuclei, which are known to have enhanced temporal coding of low-frequency sounds(More)
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