Eye position influences auditory responses in primate inferior colliculus.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examined the frame of reference of auditory responses in the inferior colliculus in monkeys fixating visual stimuli at different locations. Eye position modulated the level of auditory responses in 33% of the neurons we encountered, but it did not appear to shift their spatial tuning. The effect of eye position on auditory responses was substantial-comparable in magnitude to that of sound location. The eye position signal appeared to interact with the auditory responses in at least a partly multiplicative fashion. We conclude that the representation of sound location in primate IC is distributed and that the frame of reference is intermediate between head- and eye-centered coordinates. The information contained in these neurons appears to be sufficient for later neural stages to calculate the positions of sounds with respect to the eyes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Groh, JM; Trause, AS; Underhill, AM; Clark, KR; Inati, S

Published Date

  • February 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 509 - 518

PubMed ID

  • 11239439

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4199

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0896-6273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0896-6273(01)00222-7


  • eng