Influences of Motor Systems on Electrosensory Processing

  • Krista Perks
  • Nathaniel B. SawtellEmail author
Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 70)


The first central stage of electrosensory processing in fish has proven to be a particularly useful model system for examining the general issue of how motor systems and behavior influence sensory processing. This chapter reviews this literature, focusing on a substantial body of work elucidating the synaptic, cellular, and circuit mechanisms for predicting and canceling self-generated sensory inputs. Some additional functions of motor corollary discharge signals in weakly electric mormyrid fish are also discussed along with the implications of studies on electrosensory systems for other sensory modalities and brain structures, including the auditory system and the cerebellum.


Cerebellum Corollary discharge Dorsal cochlear nucleus Electric fish Electrosensory internal model Negative image Proprioception Reafference Synaptic plasticity 



This work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Irma T. Hirschl Trust to Nathaniel B. Sawtell.

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Krista Perks declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Nathaniel B. Sawtell declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Department of Neuroscience and Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University, Jerome L. Greene Science CenterNew YorkUSA

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