Selectivity of neural stimulation in the auditory system: a comparison of optic and electric stimuli.

@article{Izzo2007SelectivityON,
  title={Selectivity of neural stimulation in the auditory system: a comparison of optic and electric stimuli.},
  author={Agnella D. Izzo and Eul Hyun Suh and Jyoti Pathria and Joseph T. Walsh and Donna S. Whitlon and Claus-Peter Richter},
  journal={Journal of biomedical optics},
  year={2007},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={021008}
}
Pulsed, mid-infrared lasers were recently investigated as a method to stimulate neural activity. There are significant benefits of optically stimulating nerves over electrically stimulating, in particular the application of more spatially confined neural stimulation. We report results from experiments in which the gerbil auditory system was stimulated by optical radiation, acoustic tones, or electric current. Immunohistochemical staining for the protein c-FOS revealed the spread of excitation… CONTINUE READING

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