Richard G. Rutkowski

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The organisation of guinea pig auditory cortex was studied by combining histological methods with microelectrode mapping. This allowed the location of seven auditory areas to be determined in relation to the visual and primary somatosensory areas. The auditory areas were identified by single-unit recordings and their borders defined by evoked potential(More)
We hypothesized that learning-induced representational expansion in the primary auditory cortex (AI) directly encodes the degree of behavioral importance of a sound. Rats trained on an operant auditory conditioning task were variably motivated to the conditioned stimulus (CS) through different levels of water deprivation. Mean performance values correlated(More)
The organisation and response properties of the rat auditory cortex were investigated with single and multi-unit electrophysiological recording. Two tonotopically organised 'core' fields, i.e. the primary (A1) and anterior (AAF) auditory fields, as well as three non-tonotopically organised 'belt' fields, i.e. the posterodorsal (PDB), dorsal (DB) and(More)
This study investigated the nature and topography of binaural interactions in the primary auditory field (AI) and dorsocaudal field (DC) of the urethane anaesthetised guinea pig auditory cortex. Single and multi-units were classified by their responses to monaural and binaural stimulation. In both AI and DC, units displayed binaural facilitation, binaural(More)
By studying the efferent projections of five auditory areas in the guinea pig cortex, we sought evidence that the larger fields can be divided into subareas based on unique patterns of cortical connections. Small extracellular injections of biocytin were made in combination with evoked potential mapping or single-unit analysis and histochemical(More)
The previously defined anterior area (A) of guinea pig auditory cortex has been divided into a large dorsal portion identified as the primary area (AI) and a smaller ventrorostral belt (VRB). This division is based on: (1) the much longer response latency of units in VRB (21.7 ms) than AI (14.1 ms); (2) the absence of pure onset units in VRB (i.e. units(More)
Phase-locked responses to pure tones are a characteristic of most auditory cells at the level of the brain stem and allow sophisticated analyses based on coincidence detection. Phase-locking to tones has not previously been shown at the level of the auditory cortex in single unit studies. We have now identified phase-locked responses in 10% of low-frequency(More)
We report the spectrotemporal response properties of single units in the primary (A1) and dorsocaudal (DC) fields, and the ventrorostral belt of the urethane-anaesthetised guinea pig auditory cortex. Using reverse correlation analysis, spectrotemporal receptive fields (STRFs) were constructed and subsequently classified according to a novel qualitative(More)
Single electrodes were used to record from anaesthetized animals stimulated with a closed sound system. Neural responses to the purr call were very different in the dorsocaudal core field and in two long-latency belt areas, the ventrorostral belt and the dorsocaudal belt. Responses in the dorsocaudal core field were accurately timed to the start of the nine(More)
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