Huib Versnel

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1. We studied the topographic organization of the response areas obtained from single- and multiunit recordings along the isofrequency planes of the primary auditory cortex in the barbiturate-anesthetized ferret. 2. Using a two-tone stimulus, we determined the excitatory and inhibitory portions of the response areas and then parameterized them in terms of(More)
Multi-unit responses to frequency-modulated (FM) sweeps were studied in the primary auditory cortex of ferrets using six different stimulation paradigms. In particular, the differences between the responses to linear FM sweeps (where frequency changes linearly with time) and logarithmic FM sweeps (where frequency changes exponentially with time) were(More)
1. Characteristics of an anterior auditory field (AAF) in the ferret auditory cortex are described in terms of its electrophysiological responses to tonal stimuli and compared with those of primary auditory cortex (AI). Ferrets were barbiturate-anesthetized and tungsten microelectrodes were used to record single-unit responses from both AI and AAF fields.(More)
The midbrain inferior colliculus (IC) is implicated in coding sound location, but evidence from behaving primates is scarce. Here we report single-unit responses to broadband sounds that were systematically varied within the two-dimensional (2D) frontal hemifield, as well as in sound level, while monkeys fixated a central visual target. Results show that IC(More)
Exogenous delivery of neurotrophic factors into the cochlea of deafened animals rescues spiral ganglion cells (SGCs) from degeneration. To be clinically relevant for human cochlear implant candidates, the protective effect of neurotrophins should persist after cessation of treatment and the treated SGCs should remain functional. In this study, the survival(More)
Because of its central position in the ascending auditory pathway, its large number of converging auditory brainstem inputs, and its fundamental role as a relay to auditory cortex and midbrain superior colliculus, the mammalian inferior colliculus (IC) is regarded pivotal for the integration of acoustic spectral-temporal cues to mediate sound-evoked(More)
Poststimulus time histograms (PSTHs) to clicks of standard level were measured in eighth-nerve fibres of normal-hearing guinea pigs. In the context of studying the fibres' contribution to the compound action potential (CAP), the PSTHs are described with the parameters latency (tp), amplitude (Ap) and synchronization (Sp) of the dominant PSTH peak. These(More)
Human bronchial epithelium has a number of mechanical functions, including mucociliary clearance and protection against noxious agents. Bronchial epithelial cells are also able to release a variety of mediators, including cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, and arachidonic acid metabolites, which are able to regulate the recruitment, activation, and(More)
Spontaneous activity was analysed in auditory-nerve fibres innervating normal and noise-damaged cochleas. Spike occurrences were conceived as point processes. Joint interval distributions and serial correlation coefficients reveal a weak history effect for succeeding intervals. The point process is regarded as a renewal and the recovery function, being(More)
Spiral ganglion cell (SGC) degeneration following hair cell loss can be prevented by administration of exogenous neurotrophic factors. Many of these neurotrophic factors, in particular the neurotrophins brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), have been described to be involved in the development of the rodent cochlea. While(More)