Detection of tactile inputs in the rat vibrissa pathway.

  title={Detection of tactile inputs in the rat vibrissa pathway.},
  author={Douglas R. Ollerenshaw and Bilal A. Bari and Daniel C. Millard and Lauren E. Orr and Qi Yun Wang and Garrett B. Stanley},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  volume={108 2},
The rapid detection of sensory inputs is crucial for survival. Sensory detection explicitly requires the integration of incoming sensory information and the ability to distinguish between relevant information and ongoing neural activity. In this study, head-fixed rats were trained to detect the presence of a brief deflection of their whiskers resulting from a focused puff of air. The animals showed a monotonic increase in response probability and a decrease in reaction time with increased… CONTINUE READING