Modulation power and phase spectrum of natural sounds enhance neural encoding performed by single auditory neurons.

@article{Hsu2004ModulationPA,
  title={Modulation power and phase spectrum of natural sounds enhance neural encoding performed by single auditory neurons.},
  author={Anne Hsu and Sarah M. N. Woolley and Thane Fremouw and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric E. Theunissen},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2004},
  volume={24 41},
  pages={9201-11}
}
We examined the neural encoding of synthetic and natural sounds by single neurons in the auditory system of male zebra finches by estimating the mutual information in the time-varying mean firing rate of the neuronal response. Using a novel parametric method for estimating mutual information with limited data, we tested the hypothesis that song and song-like synthetic sounds would be preferentially encoded relative to other complex, but non-song-like synthetic sounds. To test this hypothesis… CONTINUE READING
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