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Cerebellum-like structures in fish appear to act as adaptive sensory processors, in which learned predictions about sensory input are generated and subtracted from actual sensory input, allowing unpredicted inputs to stand out. Pairing sensory input with centrally originating predictive signals, such as corollary discharge signals linked to motor commands,(More)
The electrosensory lobe (ELL) of mormyrid electric fish is the first stage in the central processing of sensory input from electroreceptors. The responses of cells in ELL to electrosensory input are strongly affected by corollary discharge signals associated with the motor command that drives the electric organ discharge (EOD). This study used intracellular(More)
Knollenorgan electroreceptors in mormyrid fish are concerned with electrocommunication, i.e., with detecting electric organ discharges (EODs) of other electric fish. But knollenorgan electroreceptors are also activated by the fish's own EOD. Potential interference by such self-stimulation is blocked by an inhibitory corollary discharge in the nucleus of the(More)
The electrosensory lobe (ELL) of mormyrid electric fish is one of several cerebellum-like sensory structures in fish that remove predictable features of the sensory inflow. This adaptive process obeys anti-Hebbian rules and appears to be mediated by associative depression at the synapses between parallel fibers and Purkinje-like cells of ELL. We show here(More)
Synaptic plasticity occurs in several regions of the vertebrate brain and is believed to mediate the storage of behaviorally significant information during learning. Synaptic plasticity is well demonstrated in most cases, but the behavioral meaning of the relevant neural signals and the behavioral role of the plasticity are uncertain. In this paper we(More)
The present study describes a measurement-based model of electric image generation in the weakly electric mormyrid fish Gnathonemus petersii. Measurements of skin impedance, internal resistivity and fish body dimensions have been used to generate an electrical-equivalent model of the fish and to calculate electrical images and equivalent dipole sources for(More)
This paper is concerned with the electrosensory lobe (ELL) of mormyrid electric fish as examined in in vitro slices. Intracellular recordings from morphologically identified cells and field potential recordings were used to characterize the physiology and pharmacology of ELL cells. Most intracellular recordings were from the Purkinje-like interneurons that(More)
This is the third paper in a series on the morphology, immunohistochemistry, and synaptology of the mormyrid electrosensory lateral line lobe (ELL). The ELL is a highly laminated, cerebellum-like structure in the rhombencephalon that subserves an active electric sense: Objects in the nearby environment are detected on the basis of changes in the reafferent(More)
The functional role of the midbrain precommand nucleus (PCN) of the electromotor system was explored in the weakly electric mormyrid fish Gnathonemus petersii, using extracellular recording of field potentials, single unit activity, and microstimulation in vivo. Electromotor-related field potentials in PCN are linked in a one-to-one manner and with a fixed(More)