Repeated exposure to a tone transiently alters spectral tuning bandwidth of neurons in the central nucleus of inferior colliculus in juvenile rats

A. Miyakawa, R. Gibboni, S. Bao

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Abstract

Early acoustic experience changes tonal frequency tuning in the inferior colliculus (IC) and the primary auditory cortex. The contributions of IC plasticity to cortical frequency map reorganization are not entirely clear. While most cortical plasticity studies exposed animals to pulsed tones, studies of IC plasticity used either noise or a continuous tone. Here we compared the effects of repeated exposure to single-frequency tone pips on cortical and IC frequency representations in juvenile rats. We found that while tone exposure caused a long-lasting increase in cortical representations of the exposure frequency, changes to IC neurons were limited to a transient narrowing of tuning bandwidth. These results suggest that previously documented cortical frequency map reorganization does not depend on similar changes in the subcortical auditory nuclei.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-120
Number of pages7
JournalNeuroscience
Volume230
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 29 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Auditory cortex
  • Bandwidth
  • Inferior colliculus
  • Polytrode
  • Subcortical plasticity
  • Tonotopic map

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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