Emergence of Context-Dependent Variability across a Basal Ganglia Network

@article{Woolley2014EmergenceOC,
  title={Emergence of Context-Dependent Variability across a Basal Ganglia Network},
  author={Sarah C Woolley and Raghav Rajan and Mati Joshua and A. J. Doupe},
  journal={Neuron},
  year={2014},
  volume={82},
  pages={208-223}
}
Context dependence is a key feature of cortical-basal ganglia circuit activity, and in songbirds the cortical outflow of a basal ganglia circuit specialized for song, LMAN, shows striking increases in trial-by-trial variability and bursting when birds sing alone rather than to females. To reveal where this variability and its social regulation emerge, we recorded stepwise from corticostriatal (HVC) neurons and their target spiny and pallidal neurons in Area X. We find that corticostriatal and… CONTINUE READING

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