Pinna position affects the auditory space representation in the inferior colliculus of the FM bat, Eptesicus fuscus.

Abstract

Using free-field acoustic stimulus conditions, we studied the auditory space representation in the inferior colliculus (IC) of the big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus, under different pinna positions. Stimuli were delivered from a loudspeaker placed 14 cm in front of the bat to determine the best frequency (BF) of an isolated neuron. A BF stimulus was then delivered as the loudspeaker was moved across the frontal auditory space of the bat to locate the response center of the neuron. At the response center, the neuron has its lowest minimum threshold (MT). The stimulus was then raised 5-dB above the lowest MT to measure the spatial response area. Both response center and spatial response area of each neuron were measured under different pinna positions. Variations in the response center and MT of each neuron under different pinna positions was determined and a possible reason for this variation was discussed. The variation in auditory space representation in the IC due to variation in pinna position is presented. We suggest that during echolocation a bat could make changes in its pinna position to create additional binaural disparity for accurate target localization.

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@article{Sun1987PinnaPA, title={Pinna position affects the auditory space representation in the inferior colliculus of the FM bat, Eptesicus fuscus.}, author={Xiao Sun and Philip H. S. Jen}, journal={Hearing research}, year={1987}, volume={27 3}, pages={207-19} }